Acteon Group Ltd., a leading global provider of marine and seabed services to the renewable, infrastructure and oil and gas industries, said May 27 that Dr. Carl Trowell is to be appointed as group CEO, succeeding Richard Higham.

Carl Trowell
Dr. Carl Trowell (Source: Acteon Group Ltd.)

Dr. Trowell has 25 years of experience in a wide range of roles across the energy sector. He joins Acteon from Ensco (now known as Valaris Plc), the publicly listed offshore drilling company, which he joined in 2014 as CEO and subsequently became executive chairman in 2019 following its merger with Rowan Companies and rebranding as Valaris. Prior to Ensco, Dr. Trowell worked for Schlumberger, one of the world’s leading oilfield services provides, holding a variety of leadership positions for 17 years including managing director for the North Sea region and global head of marketing and sales, before becoming president of both the production management and integrated project management divisions in 2009.

Dr. Trowell will join Acteon on June 1, 2020, with Richard stepping down as CEO after 30 years with the company. Higham will remain on the board of Acteon as a non-executive director and senior advisor.

“We are delighted to welcome Carl to Acteon and look forward to working with him. The company will benefit significantly from his deep sector knowledge and track record in a range of leadership positions across the industry. We’d like to thank Richard for the incredible work he has done in growing Acteon over the years and we are pleased that the company will continue to benefit from his guidance and strategic counsel,” Ryan Miller, a KKR executive and Acteon board member, said.