CW Awards 2019: The Construction Executive of the Year shortlist is out

Seven senior executives have been shortlisted to be named the top Construction Executive of the Year at the CW Awards 2019

Construction Executive of the Year shortlist revealed.
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Construction Executive of the Year shortlist revealed.

The shortlisted nominees for the Construction Executive of the Year category at the Construction Week Awards 2019 have been revealed.

The coveted Construction Executive of the Year award, which is back in its 15th iteration, will go to the senior executive who can demonstrate the greatest impact on his or her construction-related business in the past 12 months. The winning executive could be a general manager, managing director, related deputy, or someone from a C-suite role. Their company may be operating in any part of the construction chain, from suppliers through sub-contractors, consultants and main contractors.

General manager at Douglas OHI, Aaron Hennessy, under whose leadership the Oman construction provider has thrived and increased total shareholder return, is in the running for the award.

With more than 23 years of experience, managing principal at DeSimone Consulting Engineers, Ahmed Osman, who has been able to increase the staff by 55% and raise the office revenue by 45% during his eight years leading the company’s Abu Dhabi branch, is also in strong contention for the top honour.

A sustainability expert, experienced in design coordination, and involved in the construction of megaprojects such as The Presidential Palace of Abu Dhabi, the Dubai Opera House, Burj Park, LMF Building, Opera Ground Tower Dubai Downtown, and the Hills Project, director at RMJM, Despina Tampakopoulou, has also been shortlisted for the honour of Construction Executive of the Year.

Director of construction at ALEC, Sean McQue, who has been a key driver for the implementation of BIM, as well as new technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and 3D printing, at the contracting giant, is another top contender for the award.

Managing director at AESG, Saeed Al Abbar, under whose leadership the company has seen 100% growth in projects awarded for third consecutive year; 100% growth in revenue for third consecutive year; team expansion by a factor of 120%, is an executive who has championed gender diversity in construction with 40% of AESG’s management and office-based teams being female. Al Abbar has also been shortlisted for Construction Week’s top executive award.

Priyesh Vora, strategic growth director on the senior leadership team at Atkins MEA, who according to the company “has over the last 12 months made a significant impact to the success of Atkins in the Middle East and more specifically towards our growth in Saudi Arabia” is the final shortlisted nominee for the Construction Executive of the Year award.

Also, Jaldeep Virani from Voltas Oman LLC has been shortlisted for the CW Awards 2019 to be held on 4 December at JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai.

The Construction Week Awards 2019 are supported by Platinum Sponsor, Tenderd; Gold Sponsors, ALEC, ASGC, Unec, Ramboll, Arabian Construction Co (ACC), Tenable, Atkins, Acrow Formwork Technology, JLW Middle East, Honeywell; Silver Sponsor Reed Smith; Category Sponsors, Cundall, Beaver Gulf Group, and Construction Computer Software (CCS); Social Media Sponsor, WSP; Sustainability Partner, Electrolux; Training Partner, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; and Intelligence Partner, ProTenders.

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