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New Middle East MD and UAE chief named at Turner & Townsend

Alan Talabani takes over as Middle East MD following the retirement of Mike Collings, while Robert Edwards has moved to the UAE from the firm's Latin America unit

Alan Talabani, Turner & Townsend. [Image: turnerandtownsend.com]
Alan Talabani, Turner & Townsend. [Image: turnerandtownsend.com]

Turner & Townsend has appointed a new managing director (MD) for the Middle East, leading to the appointment of a new manager for its UAE operation as well. 

Alan Talabani takes over as Turner & Townsend's regional MD for the Middle East, following the retirement of Mike Collings. 

Robert Edwards replaces Talabani as the company's UAE country manager. 

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After setting up Turner & Townsend's Abu Dhabi office in 2008, Talabani eventually grew within the company to the role of country manager for the UAE. 

Talabani oversaw the company's Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices in his previous role, advising the company on infrastructure schemes within the UAE, with special focus on the aviation sector. 

Remarking on his appointment, Talabani said: "Over the last decade our business in the Middle East has grown from fewer than 30 members of staff to over 350, and I’m immensely proud of our achievements.

"Our success is rooted in having dedicated individuals working as a team to deliver quality services to our clients across the region." 

Edwards, Turner & Townsend's new country manager for the UAE, is moving to the firm's Middle East team from its Latin America business, where he was MD for four years. 

Both Talabani and Edwards have been with the organisation for 20 years. 

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Commenting on his new role, Edwards said: "I’m delighted to be joining our UAE team and to be working in the Middle East to continue Turner & Townsend’s growth across our three operating sectors of infrastructure, natural resources and real estate.

"Our one business, one identity model plays a key role in ensuring that we deliver quality and consistent services across the globe, thus making our teams, including myself, well positioned to drive best outcomes for our clients, our people and our business."

Turner & Townsend's Middle East revenue has grown by an average of 30% of 2012, "despite the slow recovery of oil and gas prices and its impact on the [...] performance of the regional construction market", the company said in a statement. 

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