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Atkins appoints new CEO in the Middle East & Africa

Mar 21, 2019
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Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, said that Grant Porter has been appointed as the chief executive officer (CEO) for the company’s engineering, design and project management business in the Middle East and Africa.

Based in the Middle East, Porter will oversee current engineering, design and pmanagement projects as well as drive future growth prospects to further strengthen the company’s long-established presence in the region.

“Atkins has established a world-class reputation by delivering some of the region’s most iconic projects that meet cities’ growth demand and maximise economic impact. Over the past 10 years, Porter has played an integral role in growing our regional business presence as part of the senior leadership team, and recently as Chief Operating Officer,” said Nick Roberts, president, Atkins, Engineering, Design and Project Management. “As CEO, he will continue to drive our growth strategy and cement our regional footprint that has spanned over 50 years.”

Porter is a seasoned executive with over 26 years of international and regional experience in professional services, construction and project management across the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia, where he has successfully delivered acquisition and integration, engineering, and construction major projects. He joined Atkins in the Middle East in 2009 as the regional finance director, then subsequently as chief operating officer before stepping into the CEO role.

Previously, he held the position of regional finance director at Hyder Consulting (now Arcadis) in the Middle East, and worked in finance positions with KPMG and IBM in the United Kingdom. Porter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from University of Stirling, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

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