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Westerton Group appoints Tony Branch as managing director



Specialist inspection company has appointed Tony Branch as managing director to lead the growth and expansion of its division.

Aberdeen based Westerton group appointed former president of Weatherford ’s regional operations – Tony Branch.

He has more than 30 years’ of experience in the industry, will lead Westerton Access – a technical innovator in the provision of subsea and topside inspection solutions – and the recently-launched Westerton SplashZone Integrity Specialists (WSIS).

WSIS was formed to tackle the highly corrosive and problematic area immediately above and below the water line.

The companies are part of the wider Westerton portfolio, which includes Westerton’s fishing and intervention service.

The appointment of Branch comes after Westerton UK launched WSIS, while the company has also expanded its footprint in the Middle East with new offices in Dubai.

Robin Porter, founder of Westerton, said: “We are pleased to have Tony on board, and look forward to working with him. He is experienced in executive leadership roles and has led companies through transitional periods, including the launch of new product lines, so his skillset is well-suited to the newly structured Westerton group of companies.

“He has a proven track record in merging different operations into one cohesive team and I am excited at the prospect of increased growth and collaboration we will see across our specialist companies.”

Tony Branch added: “Building on our recent and successful expansion into the Middle East, we have further growth aspirations, both in terms of geography and the size of the organisation, and I look forward to playing a part in that, along with the rest of the team.

“These assets need to be inspected quickly, efficiently and more cost effectively than traditional vessel-based services currently offer, and with the skills, technology and experience we possess, that is something we are more than capable of doing, saving operators money.”

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