Topaz Energy and Marine announces senior executive appointments

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Topaz Energy and Marine has announced the appointments of Martin Helweg (pictured) as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Hicham Hachkal as Human Resources Director as well as the appointment of Robert Desai as Chief Commercial Officer.

Mr Helweg takes over the role of COO from Geoffrey Taylor who is retiring with the company’s sincere appreciation after a long and distinguished career. Mr Helweg joins Topaz from Svitzer, with almost 20 years of experience in finance and leadership roles in the shipping and oil and gas industries, spanning across the Americas, Middle East and Asia.

Mr Hachkal has been appointed as HR Director, overseeing the HR function. Mr Hachkal brings 20 years of experience mainly in oil & gas companies related to HR strategy, talent development, personnel management, and supporting organisations through economic cycles. In his most recent position, he handled Group HR for Seadrill.

René Kofod-Olsen, Chief Executive Officer, Topaz Energy and Marine said, “I am pleased to welcome this new talent to our executive leadership team. These appointments reflect our commitment to two core aspects of our business: operational efficiency and our people. With their help I look forward to continuing to build on our healthy business profile, strengthen relationships with key customers, partners and business groups while maintaining our position as a market leader in OSV.”