James shepherd was born in Nigeria in 1972 as a child he lived in numerous countries. He is currently based in Dubai, UAE where his wife and two children live. James joined Genko BV a subsidiary of Aggreko in Holland in 1991 as an apprentice. After his apprenticeship he worked as a site engineer in Sri Lanka in 1994 the first Power project for Aggreko, culminating in him becoming regional commissioning engineer Middle East .With the formation of Aggreko International Power Projects in mid 2000 he moved on to a new role to become a Commissioning & Field Support Manager for AIP. In 2003, James was promoted to Central Operations Manager and was responsible for functions like the Service and Repair Center, Base Operations, Fleet & Logistics, Stores & Commissioning & Project Management. It was in 2005 James became Area Director for Aggreko Middle East responsible of all facets of P&L ,projects and the operations . He was responsible for growing a substantially projects business from $11 million to $156 Million revenue through projects in Oman, KSA, Pakistan and Yemen .Following a restructure of the International and Middle East business James was appointed to the Aggreko International Board as Managing Director Southern and Western Asia in 2009 with responsibility of all facets of the business within the region and lead the team who integrated the acquisition of Cummins rental India into Aggreko. 2010 saw James become Managing Director of Southern and Eastern Africa – Yemen and Pakistan as part of the Aggreko International board. Securing and executing projects such as the football world cup in South Africa, the first cross boarder IPP for Eskom. A further restructure of the Aggreko business in 2012 saw him become the Managing Director of Southern and Eastern Africa ,Yemen, Pakistan - Russia and CIS with revenues in excess of $320 million and profits in excess of $126 million. Tasked with restructuring the Russian business unit James recruited a full management team for Russia and CIS whilst implementing a new strategy for the region, having dealt with Sanctions and numerous other challenges of the CIS region. In Dec 2014 James was appointed as the MD Africa reporting directly to the CEO Aggreko PLC covering all 54 countries with four direct reporting MDs generating over $500 million of revenue and $260 million of profit the role he holds today as part of the Aggreko executive team.