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Ronald Birse Promoted to Operations Manager for Brazil at The Callen Group

The Callen Group is pleased to announce the promotion of Ronald (Ronnie) Birse to Operations Manager for Brazil, effective immediately. In his new role, Mr. Birse will leverage his extensive operational and leadership experience to further enhance our operations in Brazil. Additionally, he will play a pivotal role in client relations, business development, and recruitment strategies.

Ronnie Birse, with a distinguished career spanning 40 years, has significantly contributed to the drilling and completions sector globally. His expertise encompasses a wide range of roles, including Senior Tool Pusher, Operations Advisor, Operations Engineer, Training Manager, Senior Well Control Instructor, Offshore Installation Manager, and Rig Manager. His transition in 2004 into leadership and HSE coaching marked a pivotal shift, enabling him to work with international oil and gas companies as well as drilling contractors, to cultivate world-class leaders and high-performance teams. These teams have been instrumental in delivering operations that are both safe and efficient.

Mr. Birse’s educational background is equally impressive, holding a diploma in mechanical engineering from Dundee Technical College/Abertay University, and an Executive Level Coaching Certificate from Equilibria. His international living experience—residing in the USA, Angola, Nigeria, Australia, Qatar, Thailand, and now Brazil—equips him with a unique global perspective that enhances his leadership and operational strategies.

Speaking on his promotion, Mr. Birse shared, “I am honoured to take on the role of Operations Manager for Brazil. This opportunity allows me to further contribute to our operations’ success and expand our footprint in Brazil. I look forward to strengthening our client relationships, driving our business development efforts, and attracting top talent to our team.”

Ronnie lives in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with his wife, Nivea. They are blessed with a large family, including five grown children, three granddaughters, three dogs, and four cats, all of whom share in the joy of Ronnie’s professional achievements.

The Callen Group is confident that Ronnie Birse’s promotion to Operations Manager for Brazil will bring about significant advancements in our operations and foster growth in our Brazilian endeavours. His vast experience and proven leadership abilities are invaluable assets to our team and the broader objectives of our company.

About The Callen Group

The Callen Group is a leading global provider in the oil and gas industry, offering innovative solutions and services that enhance operational efficiency and safety. With a commitment to excellence and a team of dedicated professionals, The Callen Group continues to set the standard in the industry.

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Kris's Bio

After 20 years of working with clients involved in high-risk operations around the globe, Kris founded The Callen Group in April 2017 in order to focus solely on developing and promoting high-performing operational cultures that lead to safe and efficient operations.

He founded Performance Coaching International, served as president from 2005 – 2009, was Senior Vice President at The REACH Group from 2009 – 2017, and is a highly respected Senior Leadership and Safety Facilitator. In addition, he was highly involved in the mergers of Global Marine and SantaFe, Hercules, and TODCO as well as Talisman’s North Sea Operations transfer from Total. Kris remains on the cutting edge of advances in the area of behavioral safety, predominately in the Oil and Gas Sector.

Kris’ career has taken him to 90 countries training over 35,000 people. He has been intimately involved with the development and implementation of Behavioral Safety Processes with Enterprise Offshore, Orion Drilling, Hercules Offshore, as well as the former GlobalSantaFe which is now Transocean. In 2019 Kris authored the book “Commit to Safe and Efficient Operations” published by PennWell. This book outlines a clear roadmap for bringing many cultures together and simplifying the safety tools that are used day in and out.

Kris holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees from Belhaven University, Jackson Mississippi, in Accounting and in Business Administration. He is passionate about creating a performance culture where safety and efficiency go hand in hand. He currently divides his time between Lafayette, Louisiana, Tampa, Florida, and Houston, Texas, and has four grown sons: Braxton, Taylor, Joshua, and Noah.