SGS Maine Pointe promotes Stephen Ottley to head of energy and chemicals

12 August 2022 2 min. read
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SGS Maine Pointe, a global operations and supply chain consultancy, has promoted Stephen Ottley to senior managing director and head of the energy and chemicals sector.

Ottley has more than 35 years of consulting and manufacturing industry experience, with a focus on procurement, logistics, and operations within energy and chemicals. He has supported over 300 clients with projects that improve business processes, boost productivity, introduce supplier optionality, and reduce costs in direct and indirect materials and logistics.

Ottley joined SGS Maine Pointe’s Boston office in 2008 as EVP for analysis and delivery. Before that, he held leadership roles with several boutique consultancies, including Doctus-Byrne Fleming, Krestahague, and Lexion Consulting.

Earlier in his career, Ottley was a facilities engineer in the automotive industry, working on major turnkey installations including model launches for Honda, Rolls Royce, and Rover.

He has a higher national diploma in mechanical engineering and a bachelor’s degree in production engineering from the University of Oxford.

Stephen Ottley, Head of energy and chemicals, SGS Maine Pointe

“I am very pleased to continue my leadership role at SGS Maine Pointe, and to continue delivering measurable value to our clients in the energy and chemicals industries,” said Ottley. “This is a particularly challenging time for energy and chemicals, with possible recessionary softening of demand coming on the heels of continued supply chain disruptions and rising raw materials costs. But even in these challenging times, a renewed look at procurement strategy can improve supply chain cost control, create supplier optionality, and drive positive EBITDA.”

Maine Pointe’s global team of experts work with clients to tackle pandemic-accelerated supply chain challenges, including introducing supplier optionality that combines the relative benefits of onshoring, nearshoring, and offshoring to reduce dependence on a single source or geographic region. The firm has also been working with companies to build transportation strategies that balance cost tradeoffs with disruption risk.

“Steve has long been a valued SGS Maine Pointe team member,” said Jeff Staub, CEO of SGS Maine Pointe. “His deep level of expertise, insight, and thought leadership has been essential in building our firm and helping our clients overcome today’s most pressing challenges and to achieve record returns and growth in even the most challenging times. Bringing his attention and focus to this sector will position SGS Maine Pointe for a new chapter of growth and innovation in our client services.”