Asset Performance Networks is proud to announce the appointment of Tony Grassi to the role of Regional Manager, Australia

September 2020

Effective October 1st, Tony Grassi will lead the operation of Asset Performance Networks (AP-Networks) in Australia, replacing current Regional Manager Fred Biery. During his tenure in Australia, Fred has spearheaded AP-Networks’ relationship building and work with leading Australian companies such as AGL Energy, BHP, BP, Chevron, Orica, and many others. Tony will build on this strong foundation to continue providing the Australian energy, mining, and power industries with access to AP-Networks’ innovative offering of cloud-based platforms and tools.

“It’s been almost twenty years since I met the co-founders of AP-Networks when they had just begun their venture to provide a service that was missing within the industry,” said Tony. “It is amazing to see the breadth and depth of the services that AP-Networks now provides, not to mention the global reach that they now possess. Having been on the client side of receiving such services, I now look forward to providing AP-Networks’ clients these services and bringing an ex-client’s perspective to assist in the never-ending quest for performance improvement.”

AP-Networks opened an Australian branch office one year ago in response to rapid growth and demand in Australia. This office has grown to provide local support to the more than one dozen Australian facilities that currently license the Turnaround Network. In light of the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, AP-Networks’ robust offering of digital tools has proved vital, providing the world-class companies headquartered in Australia with real-time access to the world’s most advanced benchmarking capabilities and Industry’s largest and most comprehensive turnaround, outage, and project databases.

With Tony Grassi’s appointment to the role of Regional Manager, AP-Networks’ Australian office will move from Brisbane to Perth, with the current team of Australia-based Subject Matter Experts reporting to the new location. Tony will report to the Company’s Regional Director in Singapore, Pete Kwiatkowski. Fred Biery will return to AP-Networks’ Corporate Headquarters in Washington, DC to continue the pioneering data analytics and artificial intelligence work he had been engaged in before moving to Australia.

Tony is a high-performing, results-driven leader with more than 30 years of experience spanning the oil & gas and manufacturing industries. Over the course of his career, he has honed his ability to understand and improve the business drivers that lead to performance improvements. With a proven track record of developing highly motivated teams that deliver tangible results, Tony’s leadership will help continue and accelerate the rapid growth of AP-Networks in the Asia Pacific region.

Prior to joining AP-Networks, Tony worked for BP in various management roles, including Global Turnaround Advisor. In this role, he managed the Turnaround Managers Network, which spanned 18 oil refineries across the globe. Tony undertook several actions to strengthen the network as a whole, instituting systems that facilitated knowledge sharing. His efforts led to a dramatic improvement in the BP refining network. Over the course of three years, turnaround performance went from an average cost overrun of 23 percent and an average schedule overrun of 26 percent to within one and two percent, respectively.

 

About Asset Performance Networks

AP-Networks is the trusted leader for improving asset and operational performance in petroleum, chemical, and energy companies worldwide. We work with our clients’ most critical assets—their people, processes, and production facilities—to help them achieve safe, competitive, predictable outcomes on their high-risk events, namely capital projects and turnarounds. Our associates are internationally recognized leaders and experts in project management, turnaround management, operations, benchmarking, risk management, and more. Our team leverages proprietary, data-driven tools that help our clients Aim Higher to achieve superior business outcomes and Aim Smarter to drive breakthrough performance. For further information regarding our full range of products and services, please visit us at www.AP-Networks.com.

 

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