Arcadis appoints Kamiran Ibrahim & Felipe Lima as regional CEOs

01 August 2017 Consultancy.uk

Kamiran Ibrahim and Felipe Lima have both been promoted to the rank of regional CEO. Ibrahim takes the helm of Arcadis Middle East while Lima assumes the same role at Arcadis Latin America. The appointments come after a recent executive overhaul saw a new global CEO appointed earlier in the year.

Following the departure of former CEO Neil McArthur late in 2016 after the engineering firm underwent a sharp 34% fall in third-quarter operating income before interest, taxation and depreciation, Arcadis entered into a continued period of managerial change in 2017. Earlier in the year, the consultancy confirmed Keppel Land Group CEO Wee Gee Ang as a new member of their Supervisory Board, while Peter Oosterveer was installed as the new global CEO of the organisation. With the additional approval of Kamiran Ibrahim and Felipe Lima as regional CEOs now, Arcadis have continued their bid to change their fortunes with the injection of fresh talent to their executive team.

Kamiran Ibrahim has been with Arcadis since 2015, joining the firm initially as its Managing Director-Qatar and Global Business Leader for Water-ME, before taking the Managing Directorship of the consultancy’s UAE & Oman division. He was previously at Hyder Consulting for more than 12 years, in his most recent role as the Managing Director of the Utilities Sector in the Middle East, with earlier roles including Regional Business Director of Tunnels & Geotechnics and Technical Director/Principal Engineer.

Ibrahim has been appointed the CEO of Arcadis’ Middle East operation, he succeeds Graham Reid, who was in the role from the beginning of last year – furthering a trend discovered by a recent Strategy& survey, which revealed the median length of service for CEOs had been reduced to a term of 4.8 years, partly due to increased public scrutiny of corporate behaviour. Ibrahim brings more than 30 years of experience in business to the role, ten of which have been in the Middle East. He joins the firm’s global Executive Committee.

Commenting on the change of leadership, Stephan Ritter, a Member of the Executive Board at Arcadis said, "We are grateful for Graham Reid's contribution to the integration of the activities in the Middle East and for building a resilient business in challenging times. Graham led the region with strong focus on clients and successful project execution. We wish Graham all the best in his new role.”

On the new appointment, Ritter added, "Having previously also led our Qatar activities, we consider Dr. Kamiran Ibrahim a natural replacement, and I am delighted that he has accepted the CEO role in the Middle East.”

Kamiran Ibrahim and Felipe Lima - Arcadis

Felipe Lima joined Arcadis at the start of the year as a Managing Director for the firm’s Brazilian operations. Prior to taking that position, Lima was previously the President & CEO of construction firm Promon Engenharia for three and a half years, having also been the CFO Citigroup for nine years, later becoming the company’s Vice President. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas.

Lima takes on the role of CEO of Arcadis Latin America from his predecessor Manoel da Silva leaves to join Arcadis Logos Energia SA, 49.99% owned by Arcadis NV, as its new CEO. Lima meanwhile, brings extensive leadership experience to the firm, including at various multinational organisation; he was brought on board at Acadis to succeed da Silva.

Commenting on the new appointment, Mary Ann Hopkins, the Arcadis Executive Board Member responsible for the Americas, said, “We highly value the contribution of Manoel da Silva to Arcadis over the years as he has been instrumental in growing our Brazilian company from a 300-people firm in early 2000 to over 3,000 people as recently as 2 years ago. Manoel and his team have worked tirelessly since that time to adjust the business and cost structure to the economic realities in the region."

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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Three senior level consultants have been boosted to the rank of Partner at Quantum Advisory, as the firm works to meet heightened levels of client demand. Aled Edwards, Amanda Burdge and Chris Heirene become Partners as long-time Quantum member Rob Davies retires in May after 15 years as a Partner at the firm.

Founded in 2000, Quantum Advisory provides pension and employee benefits services to employers, scheme trustees and members, with five offices across the UK. The firm has enjoyed exponential growth in recent years, following a number of major client wins and booming demand for its services. It opened a new office in Bristol in 2016 to service the South West and in 2017 relocated its Cardiff office to a larger site within the Welsh capital to house the increased workforce. More recently, Quantum relocated its Amersham, Birmingham and London offices to more spacious premises in the centre of both cities to cope with demand.

The financial services consultancy, which employs 115 people across the UK, has promoted three senior team members to Partner, as part of its wider growth plans. The firm has moved Aled Edwards from Principal Consultant & Actuary, while Amanda Burdge has ascended from Principal Investment Consultant. Chris Heirene, former IT Manager, has also joined the ten current Partners at Quantum.

Aled Edwards most recently managed the actuarial team within Quantum’s Cardiff office as well as providing technical training for all staff. He boasts more than 17 years of pensions experience. He started his career as an Actuary at Jardine Lloyd Thompson’s Bristol wing, before joining Quantum in 2011. Edwards is also the President of the Welsh Actuarial Society (WAS), which supports actuaries and actuarial students living or working in Wales.

Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of Partners

Amanda Burdge joined Quantum’s team in 2001, as one of the fledgling firm’s first employees. Most recently she was a Principal Investment Consultant with the firm, and with more than a quarter of a century’s experience in the sector, she is responsible for providing investment advice to many of Quantum’s key clients with both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Prior to her time with Quantum, Burdge spent two years as a consultant with SBJ Benefit Consultants (now Capita), and three years with Tesco Pension Trustees. She currently sits on the Regulation Committee for the Pensions Management Institute.

Chris Heirene initially worked with Quantum as an IT Consultant with Teamwork Technology Services and then UES for over five years, before finally joining the firm itself in 2011. He is now responsible for Quantum’s IT systems across all of its offices, including the network and core server infrastructure which supports the business. Heirene is heavily involved in utilising IT to improve and build upon the processes in place throughout Quantum.

David Deidun, Partner at Quantum Advisory, said of the promotions, “This is a very exciting time for Quantum. The recent round of promotions fully recognise the hard work and dedication shown by the three, all of whom go above and beyond for the company. I’ve no doubt that Aled, Amanda and Chris will settle into their new roles with ease and look forward to working together to grow Quantum even further.”

The news comes as Rob Davies retires in May, after spending fifteen years as a Partner at Quantum. A qualified actuary, Davies was instrumental in setting up Quantum’s Investment Division, specialising in aiding clients with their investment strategies. He will remain with the company on a part-time consultancy basis, while working with several clients in the Fiduciary Manager area.