STATS, Aberdeenshire pipeline firm, appoints new CEO

Stephen Rawlinson

Kintore, Aberdeenshire-based oil and gas pipeline specialist STATS Group, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Mitsui & Co, announced that CEO Leigh Howarth is stepping down “in a planned leadership transition and will assume a non-executive director role with the company.”

Stephen Rawlinson, STATS Regional Director North America & Global Sales Director, will succeed Howarth as CEO.

Mitsui & Co agreed to acquire STATS in July 2023 as private equity investor Business Growth Fund, which supported STATS since 2012, realised its investment and exited the business.

Howarth was appointed CEO of STATS Group in 2016 and relinquishes the role as STATS prepares to announce record annual revenues in forthcoming year end accounts.

Howarth said: “I’m proud to have served as CEO for the past eight years and of the many milestones achieved along the way.

“There’s no doubt STATS has evolved to become a strong international business which has tremendous further potential in both the current energy pipeline markets and emerging low carbon sector.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to continue working with Steve and the STATS board as we pursue ambitious strategic growth plans, in conjunction with Mitsui.”

Rawlinson, a dual Canadian and UK national, has spent 13 years in various management roles at STATS, including General Manager, Regional Director and Sales Director positions in North America, and has played a major role in supporting the unprecedented growth at STATS over the last decade.

Rawlinson said: “I’d like to thank the board and Mitsui for this opportunity to lead the STATS business.

“Leigh has been instrumental in leading our strategy to internationalise the business and consolidate excellent year-on-year growth, whilst also latterly overseeing the successful sale of the business to Mitsui in 2023.

“I now look forward to leading the STATS team as we continue to strengthen our market position globally through our highly skilled workforce and market leading technologies.

“Going forward, we will remain focused on delivering high quality, fit-for-purpose pipeline solutions to our customers as we support a sustainable energy transition.”