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Nexus People Group Continues Growth with OCB/AOS Merger

We are pleased to announce the merger of AOS International DMCC (AOS) with OCB Oilfield Services (OCB). The merger continues the growth of Nexus People Group as it powers performance across the Middle East, Asia & Australia.

A joint venture between OCB and AOS International has been in place for over 18 months, but the two brands will now merge to form a streamlined operation based in OCB’s Dubai office. Australian Offshore Solutions – the parent company of AOS International – will continue to operate as a separate entity in Australasia and will continue to collaborate with Kuiper, OCB’s sister company, on construction projects.

AOS has operated in the Middle East under the leadership of Steve Taylor, who will remain with the business in a new role as Managing Director of OCB. Steve brings over 30 years Oil & Gas experience with him to OCB, building on the team’s existing strength and expertise.

AOS International provide senior drilling and project personnel to its clients along with contractor management, permanent placement services and HR consultancy services.  OCB has been providing Contract crewing solutions to its clients for almost 20 years and is one of the largest providers of junior drilling crews in the Middle East and Far East.  Combining the strengths of both companies under one brand will enable OCB to offer our clients a broader range of services and create a one stop shop for all their manpower requirements.

As a result of the merger, Samantha Shiach-Demetriou also joins OCB as an executive recruitment and permanent placement specialist, extending OCB’s service offering even further.

George Gourlay, CEO of Nexus People Group said:

Through the incorporation of AOS into the OCB Business Unit of the Nexus Group we achieve another step forward with our growth strategy; having experienced and well recognised HR experts such as Steve and Samantha integrated into the Nexus Group will not only add value to our service offering but will add internationally experienced strength to the operations team. We look forward to continuing our joint venture with AOS in Australia and welcome Steve and Samantha into the team here in Dubai.

Steve Taylor, now Managing Director of OCB said:

“Few, if any, of our competitors have the depth of knowledge or experience to match OCB’s so I am really looking forward to my new role as Managing Director, in particular being able to work closely with the fantastic team we already have in place but I’m also looking forward to the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead.  Although there is more optimism regarding levels of activity this year and beyond there are still some tough times ahead so we will need to continue to work with our Clients to come up with flexible, cost effective solutions to meet challenging market conditions.”

In what has been a turbulent 18 months for the industry, the recent merger is further validation of Nexus People Group’s growth strategy and positions the group of companies as a market leader in the provision of integrated, managed man-power services.

If you’d like to hear more about our group of brands and managed manpower services offering, please get in touch with George Gourlay.