ASCO has promoted Mike Pettigrew (pictured) to the role of UK MD.

Pettigrew, who takes up his role today (1 November), will replace Glenn Hurren, who will officially retire in February 2023.

In his new role Pettigrew will lead the UK division of ASCO which provides integrated logistics and materials management service supporting projects in the oil and gas sector, decommissioning and new energy sectors.

The company, which has its headquarters in Aberdeen, operates 70 locations worldwide and employs around 1,400 people. It has operator licences for a fleet of 176 trucks and 396 trailers in the UK.

Pettigrew joined ASCO in March last year as general manager of its freight management and ship agency businesses. Before that he spent 13 years with Babcock and three years as a non-executive board member at Decom North Sea.

In a statement announcing his appointment this week, ASCO said Pettigrew brings a “wealth experience working across the energy, marine, industrial power and ship building sectors (and) a wealth of knowledge and an extensive cross sector skillset which will support the strategic development of ASCO and its customers, on their energy transition journey.”

Pettigrew said: “I would like to wish Glenn all the best in his retirement and look forward to taking over the role of managing director for the UK.

“This is an exciting period for ASCO amid the energy transition and I aim to further strengthen its standing in the sector.”

Hurren added: “I am privileged to have worked for ASCO for such a long period of time and have seen considerable change in the energy sector since I began working here.

“While my retirement may not be far away, I am looking forward to working on several exciting projects across the UK business in the coming months and supporting Mike as he takes over the managing director responsibilities.”

Hurren joined ASCO in 1984 and held a number of senior roles with the company including vice-president of ASCO US, UK business development director and regional director of ASCO’s Southern North Sea operations. In 2019 he was promoted to UK managing director and joined the ASCO Management Board.

Peter France, group chief executive, said: “It has been my pleasure to work closely with Glenn over the past four years, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his years of dedicated and exceptional service to ASCO.

"ASCO is at a very exciting time of its history, and I am looking forward to working with Mike as we continue to build our portfolio of services and support the energy transition."