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Topaz appoints new chief operating officer

Dubai: Topaz Energy and Marine has appointed Bill Bayliss as the new chief operating officer of Topaz Engineering, the company's engineering division that encompasses fabrication and construction, marine repair, ship building and maintenance services. Bayliss, who took on his Dubai-based role yesterday, replaces the outgoing COO Jim Masterton who remains with the company in an advisory capacity.

Fazel A. Fazelbhoy, Topaz ceo said, "We're very excited to have Bill on board. He has a demonstrated capability of successfully managing large divisions and possesses exactly the kind of drive and ambition required to deliver our engineering business to the next level of growth."

A 20-year veteran of the oil & gas industry, Bayliss has had a successful career with industry names such as KBR and Petrofac. He will lead a team of more than 5,000 highly qualified staff, spread all over the Middle East and the Caspian Region.

"I am very excited by the prospect of leading Topaz Engineering into the next phase of its development and contributing to the broader growth and success of the Company as a whole," he said.  [24/09/09]

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