Maersk Drilling appoints new CCIO

Morten Kelstrup will join Maersk Drilling as Chief Commercial & Innovation Officer to lead the newly-established Commercial and Innovation function. Morten will join from a position as Managing Director of Maersk Oil UK.

Maersk Drilling appoints new CCIO

As of 1 May 2018, Morten Kelstrup will take on the new role as Chief Commercial & Innovation Officer (CCIO) in Maersk Drilling. Morten will join from a position as Managing Director of Maersk Oil UK and was previously Managing Director of Maersk Oil Kazakhstan and Head of Commercial in Maersk Oil.

"I am very pleased to welcome Morten to Maersk Drilling. Morten has extensive leadership and first-hand experience in the industry, and he understands the current market and the needs of Maersk Drilling's customers. His proven record of successfully driving business innovation will be a great asset in Maersk Drilling's commitment to reducing well costs for customers,” says Jørn Madsen, CEO in Maersk Drilling. 

New Commercial and Innovation function

Morten will lead the joint Commercial and Innovation function that has been established to reflect Maersk Drilling's enhanced focus on creating value for customers through partnerships, digital solutions, applied technologies and new business models.

“The new function will commercialise the innovation that’s already taking place throughout the organization and bring new value propositions to the market. I am confident that Morten will help strengthen Maersk Drilling's collaboration across the industry, which is crucial in creating joint value for partners and customers. We have already started to identify new business models which will form the initial projects for the function," says Jørn Madsen.

Committed to reducing well costs

Maersk Drilling is committed to reducing well costs for its customers. In November 2017, the company announced a strategic partnership with Aker BP aimed at lowering the cost per barrel and increasing profitability for the alliance partners by driving efficiency through waste reduction and investment in new technology.

About Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling supports global oil and gas production by providing high-efficiency drilling services to oil companies around the world. Maersk Drilling’s modern fleet counts 24 drilling rigs including drill ships, deepwater semi-submersibles and high-end jack-up rigs. Maersk Drilling employs an international staff of 3,000 people. For further information, see


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