Well Centric, a leading independent specialist operating in the well integrity and production technology sectors, has announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer.

As part of FrontRow Energy Technology Group, Well-Centric aims to improve long-term performance of mature wells through the provision of technology solutions. These are developed in close collaboration with its clients and complement its extensive service offering.

Joining Well-Centric as CEO is Gary Smart, who brings 30 years’ oil and gas industry experience and a strong track record in technology development, commercialization and global market expansion to the role. Gary has held a variety of management positions throughout his career, spending 11 years at Weatherford before joining Tendeka in 2009, where he spent six years as CEO.

A major part of this role was leading the integration of five separate entities which resulted in the formation of Tendeka. He developed the company’s offering from niche products to full systems and service, resulting in long terms contracts for conventional and unconventional reservoirs. His extensive experience in development and commercialisation of high value technologies will be an asset to Well-Centric’s leadership moving forward.

Commenting on Gary’s appointment, FrontRow chief executive Stuart Ferguson said: “FrontRow is committed to developing new technologies which bring substantial cost reductions to the industry. Well-Centric is achieving that by developing solutions which combat a wide range of issues faced in maximising production from mature fields.

“We are delighted to welcome Gary to Well-Centric, where he will lead the next phase of growth including a strong focus on R&D and taking new products to market, as well as targeted international expansion. His technical background and commercial acumen, teamed with his extensive management experience, will be invaluable for both Well-Centric and the wider FrontRow group.”

Gary added: “Well-Centric boasts a strong offering in the well integrity arena backed by outstanding inhouse engineering skills and customer service. I’m looking forward to helping channel this track record, alongside the development of new business streams, and a focus on technology and services development to maximise global opportunities and bring value to our many clients.”

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