New Year, New Outlook for CSS Isotek

Connector Subsea Solutions (CSS) completed the acquisition of Isotek Oil & Gas Ltd in June 2020, adding Isotek’s expertise in remote welding technology to CSS’s existing portfolio of subsea pipeline repair solutions.

CSS and Isotek have a long-standing relationship and have both been at the forefront of subsea and deepwater pipeline repair for many years. Now at the beginning of the new year, CSS Isotek is heading into 2022 well positioned to meet exciting growth plans.

Paul Hughes, Chief Commercial Officer & Managing Director for CSS UK, has been appointed Managing Director at CSS Isotek. Paul has vast experience in the subsea industry and is highly capable managing teams and individuals through organisational transition.

This change in senior management allows Simon Fripp to focus on operational deliverables as Chief Operations Officer (COO) of CSS Isotek. For over 10 years, Simon has had a strong influence on the direction and success of Isotek and will continue to apply his extensive experience under CSS ownership.

Nitin Patel’s role as Chief Sales Officer (CSO) for CSS has been extended to govern CSS Isotek. Nitin and his team will cover the Isotek range, tying in with CSS’ current portfolio, providing commercial and sales focus through CSS’ global agent network.

The immediate focus for the senior management team is to maximise the opportunities to integrate CSS and Isotek processes, especially following the relaxation of strict COVID restrictions which have been prominent since the acquisition. In addition, plans are underway to strengthen the team through recruitment and thereby develop a long-term succession plan for team members.

The integration broadens the expertise within CSS, strengthening our position as a complete solutions provider for critical offshore connections. The senior management team aims to facilitate this through supporting the sharing of skills and knowledge between CSS and Isotek to fuel innovation, further develop relationships with key customers, and open opportunities in new markets.

By combining products, service and processes, CSS is evermore capable to meet the growing industry demand for technologies which offer lighter, smaller, and more reliable pipeline repair methodologies for complex subsea and remote intervention.

There is considerable potential for new applications and solutions utilising Isotek’s experience in control systems and software. There are also exciting growth opportunities for power converters and scope to expand CSS’ capabilities for research and development.

CSS is delighted that Paul has taken on the challenge to govern this integration, and with Nitin leading commercial activities. CSS Isotek is well equipped to maximise the opportunities this union affords and deliver on exciting growth plans and innovations.