Firm promotes finance director to head up its overseas operations

Engineer Babcock has appointed its finance director as chief executive of its international division.

Bill Tame has been Babcock Group’s finance director since 2002, but will now take responsibility for the firm’s operations in South Africa, the Middle East and its helicopter services arm, Avincis Group.

Tame’s old role will now be taken by Franco Martinelli, who has been the group’s financial controller, working alongside Tame, for the past 12 years.

Mike Turner, chair of Babcock, said the appointments highlighted “the strength of Babcock’s senior management team and the robust succession planning processes we have in place”.

Peter Rogers, Babcock Group’s chief executive, said Tame had provided “excellent financial leadership for the Group as it has grown and developed”.

He added: “I look forward to continuing to work with him as he progresses the significant opportunities for the enlarged International division and the Group following the Avincis acquisition.”