After a summer-long executive search occasioned by Roger Soucy’s decision in April to retire as president and chief executive officer of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada, long-time Nabors Drilling executive Mark Salkeld has been named the new head of the association.
He will assume his duties on Nov. 1 at PSAC’s annual general meeting.
A 30-year veteran of the oil and gas service and supply industry, Salkeld has spent all but three of those years in various capacities with Nabors and its predecessors. He was most recently in charge of expanding Nabors’ coiled tubing services into Australia.
“We had over 20 excellent applicants for this position, including people from the service industry, current PSAC executives and leaders of other industry trade associations,” PSAC Chairman David Yager said. “In the end we chose Mark because of his extensive oilfield service experience, his proven management ability, his formal business and academic achievements, and his demonstrated leadership skills. It was a rigorous process to select Mark from this broad field of talented applicants, but we believe we’ve got the right individual to take PSAC forward.”
Leading up to his official assumption on Nov. 1, Salkeld will work with Soucy and other PSAC executives in a transition period that begins Sept. 20.