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Cofely Besix Mannai FM appoints new GM in Qatar

Robert Willem Cats will serve as the FM Company’s country manager for Qatar

Robert Willem Cats, general manager for Cofely Besix Mannai Facilities Management.
Robert Willem Cats, general manager for Cofely Besix Mannai Facilities Management.

Cofely Besix Mannai Facility Management (CBMFM) has announced the appointment of Robert Willem Cats as country manager for Qatar.

Boasting over a decade of experience in field, Cats begun his career in FM as a facility manager for Catella Codemeer in 2000. From 2004 to 2008, the Dutch-national held the position of regional account manager for Europe for Gale Global Facility services.

Entering into the Middle East market in 2008, Cats served as EMEA account director for AT&T/CB Richard Ellis. During his five-year tenure, he managed a portfolio of 68 administration facilities across Europe, Middle East and Africa, which included 15 data centres.

More recently, Cats served as international project director for facilities management and project management for Cofely FMO, and in 2015, was given responsibility for the Katar Cultural Village in Qatar.

Commenting on the appointment, Ian Harfield, CEO of Cofely Besix Facility Management, shared: “Robert’s experience includes developing and implementing global FM programs in the areas of safety, critical environments, continuous improvement and workflow.

He added: “His proven leadership skills make him an ideal candidate to assume the General Manager role and enable CBMFM to deliver the best long term outcomes for our clients as we continue to expand our business in the region.”

CBMFM’s new general manager holds a degree in economics and facilities management from the Haagse Hogeschool in the Netherlands. He is also an IFMA member and an avid supporter of young entrepreneurs in developing business.

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