U.K.-based Ensco, a global provider of offshore drilling services to the petroleum industry, has named Michael McGuinty as general counsel and secretary, effective Feb. 1. He will be based in London.

McGuinty most recently was general counsel and secretary of Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, and previously served as deputy general counsel and director of compliance for Schlumberger. He has extensive legal experience in the energy services field including in-house and private practice across multiple regions. During his tenure at Schlumberger, he was director of legal operations for the global oilfield services business.

McGuinty succeeds Ron Potter, associate general counsel, who has been serving as interim general counsel.