UAE: Gulmar Appoints New CEO

  • Business & Finance


Gulmar Energy S.A. (Gulmar) has appointed Mr. Patrick Chapalain ([email protected]) as its new Chief Executive Officer. Patrick has a worldwide experience in the subsea market with EPCI projects, and has been involved in all types of shallow and deep water offshore construction works, saturation and air diving works, IRM, flexible and rigid pipe laying, deep water ROV operations, deep and shallow mooring systems installation and floating systems hook‐ups.

His career began as a Field Engineer on various construction vessels at Stolt, Comex, Seaway and then in subsea project management. Over the past 8 years, he has assumed a number of line management positions, culminating with the last 4 years as a Director then Vice President at SBM Offshore.

Mr. Mathieu Guillemin, Board Member of Gulmar, said: “We are delighted to have attracted someone with Patrick’s experience in the Offshore Subsea market. His drive, enthusiasm and commitment to customers along with his proven ability to develop and manage complex projects will be of significant value to all stakeholders of the Group. With the successful completion of the Atlantis in March 2011, Gulmar will be operating on a different level and will benefit from Patrick’s global experience and of the team he will be building around him. The Board and I look forward to working with him to ensure the success of the next stage of development of Gulmar.”

Patrick Chapalain said: “I am honored to have been invited by the Board to undertake the challenge of leading Gulmar. I believe that the Group, notably through the delivery this year of its two new state of the art DSVs, the Atlantis and the Da Vinci, is well placed to benefit from the growing subsea IRM market. To achieve this we will build on the Group’s focus of delivering growth through strong customer relationships and the offering of high quality products and services.”


M. Chapalain was Vice President, Operations, at SBM Atlantia since 2009, based in Houston, USA. He has been in the SBM Offshore group since 1999, where he has assumed different positions from field engineer to Director of the Service Division. Previously he worked as a Field Engineer at Stolt, Comex, Seaway in France from 1996 to 1998 and prior to that at Dukim (Dumez Nigeria).

Patrick is a graduate of the Ecole Superieure d’Ingenieurs de Marseille, France. He is married with two children.

About Gulmar

Gulmar is an engineering, construction, marine and diving contractor to the offshore oil and gas industry on a worldwide basis. The business is divided into three principal areas of operation: Surf, Sub‐sea & Marine Construction; Inspection, Repair & Maintenance (IRM); and Field Mapping, Pipeline Route Survey &  investigations. Gulmar Group is an organisation supporting a high quality customer base which includes Total, Maersk, Statoil, BG Group, Eni, and Hyundai Heavy Industries.


Source: Gulmar, April 25,2011; Image:

Related news

List of related news articles