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Consultancy HKA reshuffles Middle East, Asia leadership team

Both based out of the UAE, Jad Chouman and Haroon Niazi replace David Merritt to jointly run the MEA region

Haroon Niazi will jointly head HKA's MEA business.
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Haroon Niazi will jointly head HKA's MEA business.

Construction consultancy HKA has reshuffled the senior ranks of its Middle East and Asia (MEA) leadership team, with Jad Chouman and Haroon Niazi – both based in the UAE – appointed as joint heads of its regional business.

The duo replaces David Merritt, who HKA said will continue to work for the company “as an expert in the capacity of [an] independent consultant” after holding his former role at the firm for a decade.

Continuing in his current role as global business development executive, Benjamin Highfield will also assume the role of acting head of the Asia region.

Speaking on the changes, Renny Borhan, HKA partner and chief executive officer, said: “As our business continues to grow and expand, I strongly believe our new leadership team is the right choice to lead our next phase of growth in the MEA region.

“I would like to thank David for his contributions to the business and we look forward to continuing to work with him in the future.”

HKA is well-known in the Middle East's engineering and construction industry for its delivery of consulting and advisory services. HKA director Mark Thomas featured as a panellist at Construction Week’s Dispute Resolution Question Time: Dubai event last month, which was moderated by HE Justice Shamlan Al Sawalehi of DIFC Courts.

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