The Ava Group has announced the appointment of Andrew Hames as Group Head of Extractives and Energy to drive the company’s strategy for global growth in the mining, oil and gas and renewable energy industries.
With an extensive track record in developing risk management, safety and healthcare solutions for the energy, mining and associated construction sectors, Hames will be focused on driving the group’s sales and marketing efforts in these sectors.
Andrew will be focused on the development and growth in the Extractives and Energy Sectors globally across both the Technology and Services divisions of the Group. These responsibilities include building the customer and partner base, increasing market knowledge and enhancing sector expertise throughout the organisation. In addition, Hames will be developing shared opportunities where a broader integrated solution encompassing more than one of the group’s products and services would provide additional benefits to customers. With over 15 years’ experience in the extractives and energy markets, he is ideally placed to embrace the challenges of this new and exciting role.
Commenting on his appointment, Hames said: “Customers are looking for reliable and innovative solutions that disrupt the market and give them a competitive advantage. This is just what the Ava Group stands for, as well as ensuring our customers remain at the lower end of both the risk and cost curve. I am excited to be joining a new and dynamic organisation that is committed to partnering with customers to unlock their true potential through the quality, simplicity and efficiency of integrated security risk management solutions.”
Hames, based in Dubai, has more than 20 years’ experience in both private and large publicly listed service focused organisations. Hames joins Ava Group from Iqarus, a global intelligent and integrated healthcare provider. Hames was instrumental in the startup, development and accelerated global growth of Iqaras in his role as Chief Commercial Development Officer. Hames previously held senior management roles with G4S Plc, most recently as Director, Global Energy and Mining Solutions. He developed a portfolio of business spread across 84 countries and six continents with over £600 million in revenue. He was also instrumental in leading the start-up of G4S’s energy, mining and construction sector in Africa during 2014. Prior to joining G4S, Hames was Head of Energy, Mining and Infrastructure at International SOS, the world’s leading medical and security services corporation providing tailored healthcare, security and assistance solutions for businesses, governments and NGO’s worldwide.
Chris Fergus, CEO of the Ava Group said the appointment would be a key step in driving the organisation’s ambitious growth strategy, developing and delivering world-class integrated solutions into key focused sectors: “The Ava Group is a dynamic, innovative business with aggressive and ambitious growth plans. Andrew brings a wealth of experience in delivering growth on a global scale across our key markets. I know that Andrew shares our vision to transform the delivery of market leading solutions in the Mining, Oil & Gas and wider energy sectors, where our portfolio of world-leading security products and services from Ava, FFT and BQT are particularly suited.”