Baker Hughes Reorganizes, Shuffles Leadership

Houston-based oilfield services player, Baker Hughes, has announced changes to its organizational structure and senior leadership team.

The changes follow the company’s May 2 announcement of plans to simplify its business structure, reducing costs and enhancing its commercial strategy.

Namely, Baker Hughes said it has consolidated its previous regional operations structure into one global organization with responsibility for driving outstanding operational performance, exceptional service and sales execution, as well as delivering strong operating profits.

Belgacem Chariag, who was most recently the company’s vice president and chief integration officer, will serve as president, Global Operations.

Furthermore, Baker Hughes has combined its Technology and Global Products and Services (GPS) organizations to create one global organization responsible for strengthening the company’s technology commercialization and investment strategy.

Art Soucy, previously president, Europe, Africa and Russia Caspian (EARC) region at Baker Hughes, will serve as president, Products and Technology. He also will be responsible for optimizing the company’s supply chain and procurement capabilities.

Derek Mathieson will serve as chief commercial officer of the newly formed commercial strategy organization. In this role, Mathieson will lead the commercial growth strategy for the company with the responsibility of developing a broader range of sales channels for its products and technology. Mathieson, who previously served as vice president, chief technology and marketing officer, also will lead future business incubation efforts as well as corporate development planning and implementation.

Richard Williams, formerly the president of the company’s North America region, should play, as the company says, a key role in the organizational transitions outlined above. Serving as senior advisor to the company’s executive leadership team, Williams should assist the company in implementing these changes without disruption to operational performance or customer commitments.

“These changes to our organizational design and leadership team demonstrate that we are moving quickly and decisively to execute on the strategy we outlined earlier this month,” said Martin Craighead, chairman and CEO of Baker Hughes. “While we have more hard work ahead of us, the entire Baker Hughes team is committed to building on our strong foundation as a product innovator to deliver outstanding performance to our customers and significant value to our shareholders.”

All changes were effective as of May 24, 2016.

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