Data expert joins OATS as COO

By Anita Jaynes on 7 May, 2014

Swindon based global lubricants data solutions provider OATS has made a new appointment to its board with the arrival of Richard Carney as Chief Operating Officer.  Richard brings with him a wealth of expertise in business strategy, including a highly successful track record of developing new electronic data products and managing development teams.

Trained as an economist, American born Richard spent many years working in data and publishing companies including DRI, ThomsonReuters and Ziff-Davis.  Initially as a Product Manager, he quickly rose into senior management positions, working on business development and acquisitions, predominantly in information services companies.

Richard said: “I am very pleased to be joining a well-established business like OATS that is committed to change and growth.  I was impressed by the amount of technical knowledge in the company – both in lubricants and software development and excited about the strategic prospects that lie ahead for the business.”  Richard and his wife Ann have now relocated to the UK, to enable him to take up his role at OATS.

Sebastian Crawshaw, Chairman of OATS said: “I have known Richard for over 20 years and I am delighted that he has joined our team.  His considerable expertise will enable us to accelerate our strategic development plan, building on our existing capabilities and launching new systems that will revolutionise the way oil companies turn data into solutions. ”

OATS Swindon base is home to the company’s UK head office. The company was formed in 1984 and is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. OATS also has offices in China, serving the Asian and Australasian markets.

Pictured: Richard Carney new COO of OATS