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C-CORE appoints new President and CEO

St. John’s-based R&D Company renews its leadership

St. John’s, Newfoundland (08 March 2017) – C-CORE, a St. John’s-based R&D company specializing in applied research and technology development for harsh environments, today announced the appointment of Mr. Mark MacLeod as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2017 Mr. MacLeod succeeds Dr. Charles Randell, who will step down as CEO on March 31, 2017 after more than a decade at the helm of the organization. Dr. Randell will remain at C-CORE for a hand-off period prior to retiring.

Mr. MacLeod brings to C-CORE extensive senior management experience. In his 36-year career with Chevron, he served in key international roles – with Chevron’s Research Group in the US, as the company’s UK Exploration Manager, Country Manager (Norway), and most recently, Vice President Atlantic Canada. He also has considerable experience with C-CORE, having served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2009.

“After thorough succession planning and a comprehensive search process, the Board is pleased to have found the best individual to assume leadership of this world-class R&D organization,” said David Oake, Chair of the C-CORE Board of Directors. “Mark has an outstanding record of successful leadership in the oil and gas sector, establishing new programs and ventures, and managing multiple complex projects. This, combined with his deep knowledge of C-CORE through his service on the Board, makes him the ideal person to lead C-CORE successfully into the future.

“On behalf of the C-CORE Board, I also want to thank Charles for his extraordinary leadership over the past 11 years. During his tenure as CEO, C-CORE has realized 100% revenue growth, established two Centres of Excellence and expanded to include facilities in Ontario and Nova Scotia.”

Of his appointment, Mr. MacLeod said, “I am excited and honoured by the opportunity to lead this extraordinary organization, which has for over 40 years been at the forefront of innovation to enable safe, cost-effective and environmentally responsible operations in ice and iceberg-prone regions.”

Also on April 1, Dr. Freeman Ralph, currently Executive Director of C-CORE’s Centre for Arctic Resource Development (CARD), will become C-CORE’s Chief Operating Officer. Freeman brings to this new position a strong record of initiating, negotiating and stewarding large-scale R&D projects and addressing technical challenges from both operations and research perspectives.


About C-CORE
C-CORE is an ISO 9001-registered R&D organization established in 1975 and headquartered in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador (NL). With unparalleled harsh-environment expertise and world-leading technical capability in Remote Sensing, Ice Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering, C-CORE provides research-based advisory services and technology solutions to help clients mitigate operational risk in harsh environments and to address security, sustainability and safety issues related to their regulatory and operating needs worldwide.
C-CORE is also home to LOOKNorth, a Canadian national Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research dedicated to remote sensing innovation in support of remote resource development, as well as the Centre for Arctic Resource Development (CARD), an industry-guided initiative pursuing medium to long term R&D dedicated to responsible, cost-effective operations in high latitudes. A Separately Incorporated Entity of Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), C-CORE maintains a close collaborative relationship with MUN and invests in student development. Throughout the past generation, C-CORE supported some 1200 undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students on their path to becoming the highly qualified personnel needed to drive global innovation, and has served as an incubator for 18 new technology companies.

About Mark MacLeod
Mark MacLeod holds a Bachelor of Science degree from LaSalle University and a Master of Science degree in geophysics from Stanford University. Mark MacLeod’s career with Chevron began in 1980 in San Francisco after completing his Master’s Degree. While in the US, he held positions in exploration, development and upstream research. In 1996, Mr. MacLeod transferred to Aberdeen, Scotland and was appointed UK Exploration Manager. In 2000, Mr. MacLeod moved to Calgary to work on the Hebron project and in 2004 he opened Chevron’s office in St. John’s, NL. In 2007, he moved to Oslo where he was Country Manager for Chevron’s Norway operations. In 2009, he transferred back to St. John’s to take on the role of Vice President, Atlantic Canada for Chevron. Mark retired from Chevron in 2016 after 36 years of service. Mark serves as Chair of the Stella’s Circle Foundation Board, Vice Chair of the C-CORE Board, and is a member of the Engineering and Applied Sciences Advisory Committee at MUN.


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