CW Awards: Lifetime Achievement honour for Haddad
Chairman of MACE honours 'Service to Humanity' motto
William Haddad, chairman of MACE, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award at last night's Construction Week Awards.
Haddad graduated as an engineer from the American University of Beirut in 1960 and joined CCC, part of the Wimpey group, laying various pipelines for the growing oil industry, working first in Aden then moving to Libya in 1964.
Over the next four years he earned himself a reputation among oil explorers like Esso, Oasis and BP. In 1968 this reputation enabled him to set up his own business operation. Now more readily known as MACE, it established its presence in Abu Dhabi back in 1974. Many years later that work in Abu Dhabi led to it winning the operation and maintenance for the sewerage assets on Abu Dhabi Island in 2002 and a year later it secured a similar contract for Al Ain and the surrounding region.
Through all those years MACE's 77-year-old chairman believes the company has continued to honour the Motto of the School of Engineering at AUB, which is “Service to Humanity”.
The award was accepted on his behalf by Dana Haddad, a member of MACE's board of directors and Haddad's daughter.
She told CW: "We're extremely proud. He’s an amazing man. He’s very hard working. He’s extremely generous and kind. He has a very good heart and treats his employees like his own family."
Making the presentation was Hercu Vlijoen, managing director Related Businesses for ALEC, a category sponsor of the event.
The Lifetime Achievement award is a special presentation made by the Construction Week team to an individual who has given a lifetime of achievement to the construction industry.
The Construction Week Awards are an annual series of events that recognise and reward the best the GCC construction industry has to offer. This year's event was supported by presenting sponsor DU, and platinum sponsors SAP and FAMCO.
The next edition takes place in March in Oman and is open for entries now.