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XLCC appoints Ian Douglas as CEO to drive business growth and enable energy transition

XLCC, the UK-based high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cable manufacturer and installer, today announces the appointment of Ian Douglas as CEO. Ian will be pivotal to XLCC’s growth as it looks to play a crucial role in enabling energy transition through improved trans-national power transmission.

Ian’s appointment takes XLCC into the next phase of its evolution, the development of its world-leading HVDC cable facility at Hunterston on the west coast of Scotland. This will create an organisation with the resources to manufacture and install subsea cable globally. Ian will also have a keen focus on strengthening the development pipeline, building on the successful relationship with Xlinks, the company behind the Morocco-UK power project.

With more than 20 years in leadership positions in the subsea cable industry, Ian has built a number of successful companies, delivering major projects and a range of successful corporate transactions. Ian joins XLCC from Global Marine Group, a leader in the subsea engineering sector where he was CEO for more than a decade. He is experienced in winning and delivering for complex, high-value engineering projects across the submarine energy, telecom, and offshore oil and gas industries. In addition to Global Marine, his Board roles have included CWind, HMN Tech, S.B. Submarine Systems and N.T.T World Engineering Marine.

Ian Douglas, CEO at XLCC, commented: “I am delighted to be joining XLCC to guide the team through a significant period of growth and evolution. As the business continues to build and serve clients as a leading manufacturer and operator, I am ready and eager to be at the forefront. The UK’s pivotal role in the global energy transition will be vital to the country’s future economic prosperity. XLCC, along with other companies leading the way in this arena, will create a significant number of new highly-skilled design, engineering and construction jobs.”

Alan Mathers, Project Director at XLCC, said: “Ian Douglas’ impressive experience will be vital in taking XLCC to the next level. We look forward to working with him as we grow our client and community interactions. Ian’s extensive knowledge and passion for the sector will allow the business to transform the sector as we know it.”

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