Stressing that he “does not believe in legacy”, though, Mr Rodney said “there are a few people” being earmarked to potentially step up, any one of whom he believes will make a success of succession.
“Former Easyjet CEO Andy Harrison once said - and I really believe this - you do your job to the best of your ability and then someone else does the job to the best of their ability,” Mr Rodney said.
“It will still prosper and a lot of the oil and gas activity will be more integrated with energy more generally.
Aberdeen will go through that process of reinvention.” It should come as no surprise, then, that one of the main strands of the firm’s new three-year strategy is to focus on creating what Mr Rodney called “a more integrated energy offering” that “pulls together the expertise we have in oil and gas” and builds on it in various sub-sectors.
Despite helping to expand the firm’s reach into international markets, the Paull & Williamsons deal has not been without its problems.
The court was also told that Wilson would not allow the girls to do “anything to her that might reveal her gender".
It was one of the building blocks in the transformation we have made from being an excellent mid-market firm to a market-leading firm.” As the Kidd case is currently live Mr Rodney cannot comment on it beyond saying it is “being vigorously defended”.
When it comes to Aberdeen, though, he is far more vocal, noting that while the city may be down it is far from out following the oil-price slump. “I read an article that said normal will be the new normal in Aberdeen - it will move from being a city with peaks and troughs to a normal city with normal levels of unemployment and normal hotel prices.
The firm will face Robert Kidd, the one-time boss of oil services company ITS Tubular Services, in the Court of Session next year, when he must prove that losses he sustained when the business went into administration were the direct result of actions taken by a now-former Paull & Williamsons partner.
Not that Mr Rodney has any regrets about going ahead with the merger. “The Paull & Williamsons deal was transformational for us.
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