Leadership Team

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Richard joined SBM Offshore in 2013 from Avocet Mining, where he held the role of Head of HR for the past 2 and a half years. His career spans 25 years, with proven HR strategy implementation and performance across eight countries in the Mining Industry and Fast Moving Consumer Goods Industry. He brings to our organisation a comprehensive professional experience with a broad range of HR expertise, including strategic planning, organisational development & leadership development, change management, talent sourcing & development, HR Services and HR Business Partnering.  Richard has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Natal, South Africa.

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Oliver Kassam – Managing Director – Brazil

Oliver was appointed to his current position in August 2015.   He joined SBM Offshore in May 2012 as Group Sales & Marketing Director.  His accomplished track record in the Oil & Gas Industry spans globally, working in key deep water areas such West Africa, Gulf of Mexico, Brazil and Asia Pacific regions. During his 20 year career to date, he has held various senior positions, including Vice President and Managing Director within companies such Subsea 7, Halliburton / Brown & Root and ABB Lummus Global. Oliver holds an Honors degree in International Business Management from the University of Brighton, UK.

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Philippe Levy – Managing Director – Kuala Lumpur

Philippe was recently appointed Managing Director of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre.  He previously held the position of Country Director for SBM in Brazil (since July 2013), where he built up the Company’s presence from very simple beginnings to the successful local content model in place today. Prior to this, he was Managing Director of the Rio office, and has been in Brazil since 2009. Philippe joined SBM in 1995 as an IT Development Engineer, and rose to senior positions in IT, Operations, Corporate Supply Chain and Project Management. He holds an Engineering degree in Information Technology from Arts et Metiers, with a Finance and Management specialisation from Centrale Paris.

Jean-Bernard Poilpre – Group Strategy Director

Jean-Bernard recently took over the position of Group Strategy Director.  Originally coming from the shipping industry, he has been working for SBM Offshore since 2004, first joining the Company as a Marine Engineer. He has grown through various managerial roles including FPSO Operations Manager and then General Manager for our Operations in Brazil. More recently, he was appointed to Operations Director for our global Fleet, a position he has held since 2012. Jean-Bernard holds an Engineering Diploma in Naval Architecture from E.N.S.T.A. Bretagne (Brest, France) and graduated in December 2014 with an MBA from the Open University Business School (London, UK).

S RasmussenStein Rasmussen – Managing Director – Houston

Stein is Managing Director of our Houston Execution Centre. He brings over 20 years of international experience in offshore facilities, and joined SBM Offshore in June 2011 as VP P&TD, Houston, moving to VP Engineering in September 2012, and Houston Managing Director in December 2013. Prior to joining SBM, Stein worked for Technip (USA) and more recently was President of Aker Solution ED&S (Houston). He holds a MS in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University, USA.

s_riguttoAlessandro Rigutto – Group General Counsel

Sandro joined SBM Offshore in August 2012 as Group General Counsel. Before joining SBM, Sandro worked 22 years with Shell, where he served in various legal counsel roles, culminating in the role of Associate General Counsel Corporate. As trusted advisor to the Management Board and Supervisory Board, his extensive international legal experience has helped him develop sound mitigation strategies and find acceptable commercial solutions, often in highly complex, sensitive situations. Since joining SBM, Sandro assisted in closing out Yme and in the internal investigation into possible improper sales practices, and has strengthened legal and contract engineering support across the Group

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Peter Senkbeil – Managing Director – Operations

Peter was appointed Managing Director of SBM Production Contractors in June 2013. He joined SBM from Petroplus where he held the position of Chief Refining Officer. Prior to joining Petroplus, Peter’s career included several high level roles with Exxon, and he sat on the ExCom of Esso Germany. Peter is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Hannover University.

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Giuseppe Stani – Managing Director – Europe & Africa

Giuseppe will assume responsibility as Managing Director (MD) for the newly created Europe Regional Centre, building on the strengths of both the Monaco and Schiedam Offices to create synergies and optimise the project execution entities based in Europe. He previously held the position of Managing Director of SBM Monaco Regional Centre, having originally joined SBM Offshore from Eni. Before his career with Eni, which began in 2008, he worked for Saipem in various positions from Project Manager to Manager of the leased FPSO business line. He graduated in mechanical engineering from Politecnico di Milano.


∅ivind Tangen – Group Execution Director

∅ivind has recently taken on the role of Group Executive Managing Director. He joined SBM Offshore in 2002, bringing with him a rich background of international engineering and FPSO experience from ABB Offshore Systems.  He has held various operations and project roles within SBM, including Unit Manager, before being named Group Strategy Director.  ∅ivind holds an MsC in Naval Architecture from Trondheim University, Norway, and a Master’s Degree in MEDEA (Energy, Environmental Management & Economics) from ENI Corporate University in Milan, Italy.

E van KuijkErik van Kuijk – Group HSSE Director

Erik joined SBM offshore in January 2012 as Group Head of HSSE. His experience with previous employer Shell spans more than thirty years in Exploration & Production, major capital projects and operating units of Shell UK and SPDC Nigeria. Erik holds two Master Degrees from Delft University, the most recent one in Management of Safety, Health and Environment.

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Bernard van Leggelo – Managing Director FPSO Business Unit

Having previously held the role of Group Executive Managing Director, Bernard will now focus his attention on building upon what he has achieved thus far on the FPSO Business Unit.  He originally joined SBM in 1995 as Director of Operations in Houston, moving to Houston Managing Director in 2007, before being appointed SBM Group Executive Managing Director in December 2013. Bernard previously worked for Offshore Technology and Sparta in positions ranging from Project Manager to Director and holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the Ecole Centrale and an M.S. in Ocean Engineering from the University of Connecticut.

M WyllieMichael Wyllie – Group Technology Director

Michael joined the SBM Group in 1995 as a senior process engineer, and since then worked in various managerial positions in the Company, ranging from the Engineering department to later Chief Engineer, Proposal Director, before becoming Worldwide Director of Marketing & Sales in 2008. In his current role as Group Technology Director Mike manages the company’s technology leadership. A graduate Chemical Engineer from Herriot-Watt University in Edinburgh in 1980, and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, he has previously worked for Foster Wheeler Energy and Total.