Global engineering and consulting firm Arcadis recently announced several changes to its regional leadership for the Middle East, UK, and Australia Pacific, as well as the appointment of a new Global Design Director. The new leadership structure follows the firm’s acquisition of design and engineering consultancy Hyder Consulting in October 2last year.
Greg Steele has been appointed the new Regional CEO for Australia Pacific. Steele moves to this position from his last function as Managing Director at Hyder Consulting, a role he fulfilled for the past five years. The Australia Pacific region will be Arcadis seventh region, which will, according to the firm, open up new opportunities with multi-national clients and better serve existing clients.
Wael Allan, Group COO and Chairman for Hyder Consulting in the Middle East, will become Arcadis’ regional CEO for the Middle East. Prior to joining Hyder in 2009, Allen worked for a number of major engineering and construction companies. Allen will lead a 2,200 person business in the Middle East and focus on winning major programmes.
In the UK, the regional leadership will stay unchanged with Alan Brookes as the CEO. Brookes became the UK CEO early 2014 and previously held senior leadership roles at EC Harris (an Arcadis company) in the UK and Asia since 2000. As a result of the merger, Brooke will lead the 3,900 man strong UK team.
In addition to announcing its regional CEOs, Arcadis appointed Graham Reid as its Global Design Director. Reid proceeds to this function from his last role as Regional Managing Director for Hyder Consulting in the UK, which he fulfilled for the past five years. Before this, he acted as Area Director and Managing Director - Transportation Sector for the firm. As Global Design Director, Reid will offer Arcadis’ clients global design solutions and resources, to better meet their needs.
Commenting on the appointments, Neil McArthur, CEO of Arcadis says: “The strategic rationale for bringing Hyder and Arcadis together was to further strengthen our design and consultancy position in key markets, provide a strong entry point into the Australian market and accelerate our ability to service clients in all markets from our design excellence centres across the world. Alan, Graham, Greg and Wael are all vastly experienced business leaders who I am excited to be working with to help our clients and our people realise the full value of our joint offering.”