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Guyanese to head SBM Offshore’s local operations

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SBM Offshore Guyana announced on Monday that Guyanese business and finance specialist Mr. Martin Cheong will be appointed to the post of General Manager for its local operations, effective March 1, 2022.

Mr. Cheong, whose current role is Project Support Manager with SBM Offshore, had been based in the Netherlands and Brazil over the last year. He has vast experience in finance and business support, having held senior positions in these fields over a period of 19 years. Mr. Cheong is the holder of a degree in accountancy from the University of Guyana, and the holder of a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of the West Indies.

“As a Guyanese, I am pleased to be given the opportunity to play a key role in a company that is integrally involved in the production of a resource that is expected to be transformative for my country. SBM Offshore is committed to utilising and developing the skills of Guyanese—a drive that I am committed to supporting in my new capacity,” Mr. Cheong stated.

SBM Offshore said Guyanese hold senior positions and are an integral part of the company’s operations in the South American country. The Human Resource and Finance Department are both headed and completely staffed by Guyanese. The company has also been recruiting and training technical personnel for its offshore operations.

The current General Manager, Mr. Francesco Prazzo, said that Mr. Cheong was being prepared for his new role for some time. “This is not something that was decided at the last moment because Martin was hired more than one year ago. We put him on an international journey, moving into different roles within SBM Offshore. We want to continue to be the employer of choice and social value creators in Guyana,” he stated.

The company extends congratulations to Mr. Cheong on his appointment. SBM Offshore said it is confident that his knowledge and expertise will be a valued asset to its operations in Guyana.

The Dutch floater specialist has been contracted by ExxonMobil to build and operate FPSOs operating at the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana.

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