Arup has promoted Gurjit Wood, who has been with the firm since 2004, to the role of the firm’s Middle East Leader. She takes responsibility for continuing to drive the firm's business across the region as part of its wider management team.
Gurjit Jhuti Wood was most recently the firm’s Airport Development practice lead and a Director at Arup for almost three years, working out of the firm’s London office. She was previously an Associate Director for a year from 2013. Earlier in her career at the firm she worked for Ove Arup & Partners’ as a Logistician, starting at the firm as an Associate in 2004. Prior to joining Arup, Wood worked at international logistics firm GEFCO as a GefBox Systems Manager for a year from 2004; and at Healthcare Logistics as a Key Account Manager (in her most recent role), a company she joined in 1997.
Wood holds a Master of Science in Transport Planning & Management from the University of Westminster.
Wood will take on the role of Middle East Group Leader, responsible for the firm’s business in the Middle East. Wood brings considerable experience to the role, including the lead of the firm’s UK, Middle East and Africa's Airport Development team. Arup has engaged various large scale clients in the region in recent years, including the Midfield Terminal Building at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Alan Belfield, UKMEA Chair, Arup, says that the appointment of Wood is “excellent news” for the firm’s Middle East business. He adds, “She brings with her a wealth of experience, leadership expertise and technical capability. She has a collaborative working style and a can-do attitude that benefits clients and Arup teams."
Wood says that she is "excited” about the possibilities the new role brings; adding, “the Middle East is an innovative region with a myriad of opportunities that align to Arup's values to shape a better world. The team are already involved in a number of buildings, infrastructure and operational projects that support our clients to develop their businesses and I look forward to help deliver continued innovation and growth whilst challenging and engaging our teams."