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Matt Squires to replace Bob Hope as CEO of SSH

SSH has announced that Matt Squires will replace Bob Hope as the consultancy’s chief executive officer as of 1 September, 2017

Matt Squires (right) will replace Bob Hope (left) as CEO of SSH from 1 September, 2017.
Matt Squires (right) will replace Bob Hope (left) as CEO of SSH from 1 September, 2017.

After five years at the helm of SSH, Bob Hope has announced is to step down from his position as chief executive officer.

The consultancy’s current chief operating officer, Matt Squires, will take over as CEO as of 1 September, 2017.

Hope will remain at the company in an advisory support capacity until the end of the calendar year.

The move forms part of the group’s ongoing succession-plan strategy, according to SSH.

Commenting on the news, Omran Hayat, chairman of SSH, said: “On behalf of myself and the board of SSH, we would like to thank Bob for five years of outstanding service to SSH, and in leading the transformation of the group from being a highly respected local design consultancy into a leading multidisciplinary design consultancy group across the MENA [Middle East and North Africa] region.

“Bob has developed a solid leadership team at SSH and, as part of this team, Matt has been developed as his successor. This news demonstrates both our commitment to internal staff development and the success of our succession strategy.

“I’m sure that Matt will now build on the foundation established to date and take SSH to even greater future success, and I congratulate him on his promotion.”

READ: Face-to-face with Bob Hope, chief executive officer of SSH

SSH has secured a raft of high-profile design contracts in 2017, including a 792-bed paediatric hospital in Kuwait; and Marassi Boulevard, Marsa Al Seef, and Hasabi Waterfront Development in Bahrain.

In reference to his promotion and Hope’s departure, Squires said: “Following five years of meteoric growth and increased brand awareness in the MENA region, SSH has created a great platform in our selected markets to strengthen our position as a trusted partner to our clients and strategic partners.

“I have greatly enjoyed working with Bob in transitioning the business over the last five years in my role as [COO]. I am excited to work with Omran, the board, and the entire SSH family to continue to strengthen [the company’s] standing, and support our talented staff to realise their individual potential within a challenging, fun environment.”

Hope added: “I would like to thank the chairman and the SSH board, along with all the wonderfully talented people we have throughout SSH, for their hard work and support to me over the past five years.

“We have built upon SSH’s proud 50-year local legacy and transformed the group into a regional industry leader, delivering world-class projects to high-calibre clients as their consultant of choice.

“Now is the right time for me to step aside and let the new SSH leadership take the organisation forward for the future. I’m really pleased to be handing over to matt who will, I’m sure, be an excellent CEO for SSH group,” Hope concluded.

Squires will lead the SSH delegation at the UAE’s upcoming Cityscape Global exhibition, which will take place at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 11-13 September, 2017.

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