Ian Wood (businessman)
Sir Ian Wood
|Born||21 July 1942|
|Education||Robert Gordon's College|
|Alma mater||University of Aberdeen|
|Known for||Former CEO of Wood Group|
|Net worth||£2.15 billion|
Sir Ian Clark Wood, KT, GBE (born 21 July 1942) is a Scottish businessman and philanthropist. He is best known for his work in the North Sea oil industry with Wood Group, which he was largely responsible for transforming from a company of modest size, serving a primarily local market, to a large corporation with operations in over 50 countries. He served as Wood Group's chief executive from 1967 to 2006 and as chairman until 2012. Wood is one of Scotland's wealthiest with an estimated net worth of around £2.15 billion (2015).
In 2007, Wood and his immediate family set up The Wood Foundation – a venture philanthropy organisation.
After leaving university he joined the family business, becoming managing director in 1967. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1982 New Year Honours and was knighted in the 1994 New Year Honours.
He has been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Aberdeen in 1984, The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen in 1998, Glasgow Caledonian University in 2002, and Heriot-Watt University in 2012. Since 2004, he has served as Chancellor of The Robert Gordon University.
In April 2010, Aberdeen City Council accepted his conditional investment of up to £85m (£50m confirmed, £35m pledged should the project exceed its budget), towards a project of £140m to redesign the Union Terrace Gardens, The project was supported by some local businesses though opposed by a large number of local residents. The Union Terrace Gardens project was passed by referendum but was later rejected by the council.
On 19 July 2012 Wood announced that he would retire as chairman of Wood Group, with Allister Langlands as his successor.
In 2014, Wood had a net worth of £1.32 billion. Wood is chairman of The Wood Foundation, investing in two areas of activity: making markets work for the poor in sub-Saharan Africa and developing young people in Scotland. The Foundation applies the principles of venture philanthropy, investing both money and expertise to achieve systemic change.
Wood was promoted to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to the oil and gas industry. In June 2018 he was appointed Knight Companion of the Order of the Thistle (KT) in the 2018 Birthday Honours.
Honours and awards
- 1982 Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1982 New Year Honours
- 1984 Honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) degree from the University of Aberdeen
- 1994 Knight Bachelor in the 1994 New Year Honours
- 1998 Honorary Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree from Robert Gordon University
- 2002 Honorary Doctor of Technology (D.Tech.) degree from Glasgow Caledonian University
- 2012 Honorary Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng.) degree from Heriot-Watt University
- 2016 Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours
- 2018 Knight Companion of the Order of the Thistle (KT) in the 2018 Birthday Honours
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