John Wood Group PLC - Aberdeen, Scotland-based engineering and consulting - Hires Arvind Balan as its new chief financial officer, starting April 15 next year. Balan has been CFO of the Civil Aerospace division of jet engine maker Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC for the past two years. Before that, he worked for oil major Shell PLC for 14 years in the UK, Singapore and China. At John Wood, Balan replaces David Kemp, whose retirement was announced back in August, having worked at John Wood for a decade. "Wood has always stood out for me as a company with unique potential," incoming CFO Balan says.

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