Grant Porter formally named CEO of Atkins Middle East and Africa
Porter promoted from COO role, with Adrian Lindon moved up as managing director of design and engineering
UK-headquartered construction consultancy Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has formally announced the appointment of Grant Porter as chief executive officer of its Middle East and Africa business, with Adrian Lindon made managing director of design and engineering at the company.
The announcement comes days after the company's launch of a new Saudi Arabia office in Riyadh cited Porter as CEO for the region.
Porter, who succeeds Simon Moon in the CEO role, was previously chief operating officer at Atkins' regional business. He was ranked 32nd in the 2018 Construction Week Power 100 list last June.
Atkins' new CEO joined the company in 2009 as regional finance director, following which he was made COO. Previous employers in his 26-year career include KPMG and IBM.
Porter holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Scotland's University of Stirling, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
Lindon, who will report directly to Porter, has been with Atkins for 12 years.
Commenting on Porter’s appointment, Nick Roberts, president of Atkins' engineering, design, and project management team said: "Over the past 10 years, Porter has played an integral role in growing our regional business presence as part of the senior leadership team.
“As CEO, he will continue to drive our growth strategy and cement our regional footprint.”
Atkins' Middle East portfolio includes megaprojects such as Dubai Metro, Burj Al Arab, Dubai International Airport, and King Abdulaziz International Airport.
Husam Al-Mufarji, part of Atkins' team in Oman, has made the shortlist for the Engineer of the Year category at the Construction Week Oman Awards 2019. Winners of the CW Oman Awards 2019 will be named during a gala ceremony at Kempinski Hotel Muscat on 25 March.