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THE Entrepreneurial Exchange, Scotland’s largest member organisation for entrepreneurs, has announced that Bob Keiller, chief executive of Aberdeen-based energy service company PSN, has been appointed as its new chairman, succeeding Chris Gorman.
The organisation, which has 450 members from companies turning over £22billion and employing 290,000, was established in 1994 to raise the profile of entrepreneurship north of the border and promote the importance and value of entrepreneurs to the economy.
It is also a forum for entrepreneurs to share best practice and lessons learned.
Mr Keiller said: “Over the last 15 years the exchange has become a voice for the entrepreneur in Scotland and I know from my personal experience of growing the PSN business that being a part of the exchange helped transform our business.
“What is unique about the organisation is that nearly all members are business owners and founding chief executives.
“It’s important we have a forum for sharing valuable, personal lessons.”
The Entrepreneurial Exchange also announced that John McGlynn, founder of the Airlink Group, had been elected as vice-chairman, succeeding Charan Gill, and that Chris Van Der Kuyl, founder of Dundee electronic gaming company VIS Interactive, and Tony Banks, managing director of Forfar-based Balhousie Care Group, were to join its board.
Mr Keiller, who led the £180million management buyout of PSN from KBR Halliburton in 2006, has grown the oil service company to become one of the top 10 largest private companies in Scotland with turnover of above £780million.
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