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Petrofac has appointed Allan Cockriel as the new Chief Information Officer, tasked with continuing the company’s digital transformation initiatives.

Petrofac provides oilfield services to the global gas and oil industry, including designing, building and operating oil and gas facilities.

“Petrofac is working to create a forward-looking digital culture, which is vital to maintaining a competitive edge in today’s industrial landscape, and I am delighted to be part of the team that will pioneer this,” Cockriel said.

Before joining Petrofac, Cockriel was CIO at GE, where his role focused on IT and service delivery for the GE Power/Alstom Global Parts Fulfilment IT organisation, as well as its Global Sales and Operational Planning function.

Cockriel performed a number of roles during his 14-year stint at GE, and has gained expertise in international IT, business restructuring and transformation, IT finance and senior operations management.

Cockriel will now be bringing his IT expertise to Petrofac in order to develop the company’s digital capabilities.

“We want to unlock the full potential of digital solutions for ourselves and our clients, and are doing this through continued investment in our digital agenda to deliver data insights, identify innovative ways of working, and find new opportunities; with the best forms of digital defence to protect what we are achieving,” he said.

Petrofac is currently part of an ongoing Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation that is examining the company’s involvement with corrupt, Monaco-based company, Unaoil. After being forced to step back, the company’s Chief Executive, Ayman Asfari, has been allowed to take up his previous responsibilities in light of the company’s higher than expected earnings of $730 million last year.