Swire Seabed Boosts Commercial Team

February 2018

Swire Seabed boosts Commercial Team as part of its global plans to expand their subsea business 

Bergen, 01 February 2018 – Swire Seabed is pleased to welcome two new members to its Commercial Team, Mark Colbridge as Commercial Manager, Middle East & Asia Pacific and Are Nordahl as Head of Sales in Swire Seabed.

Mark commenced work on Monday, 8 January 2018 and is based in Singapore at the newly established Swire Seabed Singapore office, making this the first appointment of an employee in the Asia Pacific region. The office is located within Swire Pacific Offshore’s (SPO) Head office.

In his new role, Mark will be responsible for spearheading business development, marketing and sales efforts of Swire Seabed in the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. Reporting to the CEO of Swire Seabed, Arvid Pettersen, who is based in Bergen, Norway, Mark will also work closely with various business entities within SPO to market and promote Swire Seabed’s diverse range of subsea project services.

Mark has a wealth of more than 20 years of experience in operations, technical, project engineering, business development in subsea, marine and Oil & Gas industry and has worked in the UK and Singapore. Prior to joining Swire Seabed, he was the Business Acquisition Manager at DOF Subsea Pte Ltd Asia Pacific at their Singapore office for more than six years.

In parallel, Are Nordahl was appointed Head of Sales and commenced work on 1 December 2017. Based in Bergen, Norway, Are will be instrumental in driving sales and strategic business development for Swire Seabed in the Americas, Europe and West Africa markets.

Over the past 30 years, Are’s professional experience in the Oil & Gas industry has spanned sales, marketing, business development and project engineering. Are comes to Swire Seabed from OneSubsea, a Schlumberger Company, where he held the roles of Regional Manager, Africa and Sales Manager, Asia Pacific for their pumps and subsea systems. Prior to that, he was President at Framo Engineering Inc. in Houston for seven years where he held executive responsibility and oversaw all contract negotiations in North America.

“Swire Seabed is fast expanding its business globally. We’re excited to have Mark at our parent company, SPO’s Head office in Singapore as part of the Swire Seabed team and Are at our headquarters in Bergen. Both will be valuable assets to our team as they come with many years of expertise in the Oil & Gas industry and possess highly relevant subsea-related experience. We look forward to their contributions in driving Swire Seabed’s marketing and sales efforts and expanding Swire Seabed’s global presence,” says CEO, Arvid Pettersen, Swire Seabed. 

To further accommodate their growing shore-based organisation, Swire Seabed has also increased their office space in Bergen by 50%. All in all, Swire Seabed now employs more than 250 personnel including offshore project and marine crew as well as back office personnel in Baku and Bergen.