Atkins reveals new business structure for Middle East and Africa

Changes will see Johan Hesselsøe and Ian Redmayne head the UAE and Saudi Arabia markets as respective managing directors

The new business structure will be effective from 1 July, 2020. [representational]
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The new business structure will be effective from 1 July, 2020. [representational]

British engineering and consulting firm Atkins, which is a member of Canadian professional services and project management company, SNC-Lavalin Group, has unveiled a new market-focused business structure for its Atkins, Faithful+Gould, and Atkins Acuity brands in the Middle East and Africa (MEA).

Effective from 1 July, 2020, the new business structure will be based around two of the company’s important markets, including the UAE and Saudi Arabia, with services and propositions aligned to country priorities and respective client projects. 

In a statement, Atkins said that with the adoption of new business structure, the company will be able to provide a simpler and focused response to customers’ needs with a services delivery model that is more efficient towards evolving local market dynamics. 

Speaking about the change, CEO of Atkins MEA, Cris Dedigama, said: “The Middle East and Africa region continues to offer great opportunities for our business and this new structure will enable us to be laser-focused in our services and delivery to very localised and dynamic market and client needs.

“Our new business structure will help us achieve focused future growth, through a robust local presence in key markets. This market-facing structure is underpinned by over 50 years’ regional track record, strong client relationships, a powerful global network and innovative, technology-enabled delivery capabilities.” 

As part of changes, Johan Hesselsøe and Ian Redmayne will spearhead the UAE and Saudi Arabia markets as respective managing directors of these countries. The company said that  supported by a seasoned leadership team dedicated to supporting existing and prospective clients in each market, both Hesselsøe and Redmayne  will manage Atkins' business growth strategy designed specifically to meet each of these country’s local requirements.

Hesselsøe, who has an experience of over 13 years in the region, most recently served as the managing director of Middle East and Africa at Faithful+Gould. He has also held the role of MD at Atkins Acuity for over three years

Meanwhile, Redmayne has been with Atkins for over 30 years heading flagship projects in infrastructure, transport, aviation, and mixed-use developments in the UK, Europe, Middle East, and Asia.

Over the past nine years, Redmayne has led key projects in Saudi Arabia, including The King Abdulaziz International Airport and Riyadh Metro.

In the UAE, Atkins is currently working alongside The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), MODON, and Miral on a number of transformational projects designed to meet current and future market demands.

Additionally, in Saudi Arabia the company is supporting a number of mega projects from developing masterplans, providing engineering for the built environment as well as project management and cost management services, in addition to offering strategic privatisation advice, and digital asset management to major government entities.

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