Top-level changes at cable firm

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A CABLE company has revealed changes at executive level.

JDR, which provides specialist subsea cables and umbilical systems for the offshore oil, gas and renewables market, has appointed Andrew J Norman as chief executive.

He joins from Dresser Flow Technology Europe, where he was president.

Pat Herbert, JDR’s chief executive for the last 10 years, becomes executive chairman with on-going responsibility for JDR’s strategic direction.

The change comes at a time when JDR has sold off a Dutch division to concentrate on its umbilicals and cables section which includes its Hartlepool plant on the town’s dockland.

JDR makes custom-designed power cables which are used below deepsea waters for businesses such as offshore windfarms.

It has factories in Hartlepool and Littleport, in the UK, as well as Houston, in the USA, and Norway and Thailand.

By July last year, the company doubled the size of its manufacturing space and added an 80ft-high plant to house the new equipment which would make a new type of cable.

Its 100,000 sq ft facility expanded by a further 116,000 sq ft to meet demand.

It now has around 70 staff members on its books at Hartlepool and that will rise to 100 within the next 12 months.

Then, once the new facilities come on line, the numbers will rise to 150.

Mr Herbert said: “JDR has undergone significant change in recent months as we have worked to ensure it is well placed to build on its position as the offshore energy industry’s partner of choice.

“With Andrew’s appointment and our current senior management, I am confident we now have the leadership team to take JDR to the next stage of its development as we continue to enable our clients around the world operate in the most challenging of subsea environments.”

Mr Norman said: “JDR’s reputation for market leading products and client service is recognised across the renewables and oil and gas industries.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with Pat and the world class team he has assembled to exploit the significant growth opportunity that JDR’s provision of such a crucial component of the offshore energy business will continue to provide.”