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England footballer hangs up his boots for an Oil & Gas job

26/11/2018
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Making a new start in the Oil & Gas industry can mean a big career change. At Fircroft, we’ve helped hundreds of workers with different levels of experience find a new role, but some career moves can seem a little more left-field than others. 

Former England footballer Emile Heskey has shifted his career goals, being appointed Senior Vice President for the Caribbean Region at Genoil
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Emile Heskey, former England World Cup player, is following a pretty unique career path. From Leicester City to Liverpool to Bolton Wanderers, his latest signing is with...Genoil Inc.

The Canadian independent oil exploration and production company has appointed Heskey as Senior Vice President for the Caribbean Region. 

Genoil is a Canadian-based firm conducting offshore drilling in the Caribbean
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Genoil specialises in heavy oil development, with experience drilling for oil and gas in the Caribbean. They use an advanced Hydroconversion Upgrader (GHU) to convert heavy crude oils and refinery bottoms into more valuable clean crude. 

Following his 22 year footballing career, Heskey’s new role will be to help raise finance for the reconstruction of islands affected by Hurricane Irma and help the local economies to recover.  He will assist Genoil across the entire Caribbean region to source project opportunities where the company and its partners can undertake energy related development and reconstruction work. 

For Genoil, there is a method behind appointing the footballer to a Vice Presidential position. The company are hoping to capitalise on Heskey’s considerable experience in front of the camera, following his work with Sky Media, BBC, BT, BeIN Sports and Premier League production, plus his various promotional work undertaken around the world. Further, the football star has reportedly built up a number of high-level contacts, including Antiguan Prime Minister Gaston Browne who is committed to funding reconstruction of the Islands and has already considered working with Genoil to open a small refinery. Heskey also runs his own company focusing on promotions. 

CEO of Genoil, David Lifschultz, said: “We believe that Emile brings the necessary skills and ability to advise the company as we move towards the commercialization of our heavy oil upgrading and desulfurization technology.”

Emile Heskey will use his global connections and experience in front of the camera to help Genoil raise finance for the reconstruction of Caribbean islands affected by Hurricane Irma
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As for Heskey himself, he appears extremely thrilled about this latest career move. 

“I am excited to join the company and to make introductions for Genoil Inc. in the Caribbean market as the company expands our footprint globally. Our extensive international relationships and cutting edge GHU technology has the potential to capture the market among heavy oil producers around the world.

“The vision of the company is to build a strong environmentally focused desulfurization and heavy oil business that is based on our unique technology. Genoil’s state-of-the-art technology, combined with our very experienced board of directors and management team, give me the confidence that the GHU technology will be successfully commercialised and implemented around the world.”

It just goes to show that, even for former England stars, it’s never too late to change your career goals.

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