Christopher “Chris” Ashton is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Worley Limited. A leading global provider of professional project and asset services, Worley operates in nearly 50 countries worldwide through a diverse network of professional, engineering, project management and field-based team members.
Worley’s more than 100-year history of delivering some of the world’s most complex engineering solutions uniquely positions the company to meet the demands of the global energy transition – a task Ashton takes to heart.
Chris joined Worley in 1998 and has held various leadership roles across the company as it evolved through acquisition as well as organic growth. Prior to taking on the CEO and Managing Director role in February 2020, Chris acted as Chief Operating Officer responsible for the integration of the ECR business and setting the strategy for Worley’s eventual transformation. During his time at Worley, Chris also held global roles where he was responsible for Major Projects and Integrated Solutions, accountable for the performance of Worley’s fabrication businesses and Global Integrated Delivery, and the Power sector globally. He has held regional roles with responsibility for Europe, Middle East and Africa operations as well as executive roles in strategy and sales.
Chris’s role as CEO is marked by an acceleration of the company’s transformation strategy – putting passion, skills and strongly held beliefs at the center of some of the biggest challenges on the planet.
Leading the brightest minds with the best technology, Chris is a passionate advocate for STEM learning and believes the engineers of the future have a crucial role to play in developing game-changing technologies and solutions to deliver a sustainable world. He is inspired to see people succeed, develop and grow to their full potential motivated by knowing what they do makes a real difference.
He earned an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management. Chris holds an Honors Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Sunderland. Chris is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.