Global safety, standards and workforce development organisation OPITO has appointed John McDonald as CEO as the organisation seeks to further drive the international skills agenda for the oil and gas industry.
McDonald has been Interim CEO since January and was previously UK managing director for OPITO after joining the organisation in 2012. The appointment comes after an external and internal recruitment process following the sudden death of former CEO David Doig earlier this year. Prior to joining OPITO, McDonald was a director at ACTVET, the government body charged with creating a vocational education and training system in Abu Dhabi. He was previously a director at the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and led the development of new products and services and created new markets in Asia and the Middle East. An alumni of Harvard Business School, he has worked at a ministerial level in several countries on capacity building projects in education and training.
“I plan to ensure that OPITO continues to be the global industry-led organisation that is not only driving and delivering the skills agenda, but is also helping to modernise standards and the way we improve competency by embracing digital technologies,” McDonald said.