Atkins drives Middle East, Africa expansion with three senior appointments

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has announced three new appointments to its senior leadership team in the Middle East and Africa to support expansion plans in the region. The appointments were made across Atkins’ design and engineering, Faithful+Gould and Atkins Acuity units.

Johan Hesselsøe (pictured left) is now Middle East and Africa managing director for the integrated project and program management business under the Faithful+Gould brand. Previously, he was managing director of Atkins Acuity for over three years. He has more than 12 years’ experience in the Middle East, and before joining Atkins worked with McKinsey for 10 years.

Kathleen McGrail (middle) becomes Atkins Acuity Middle East and Africa managing director after eight years in the business, which provides advice on strategy, financing and technical consulting for the built environment. She has over 20 years of transformation, programme and change management experience and worked on a number of high-profile infrastructure projects in the Gulf region.

Prior to joining Atkins, McGrail worked for five years in Deloitte’s Program Leadership consulting practice.

Shadi Jebreel (right) is now UAE country director for Atkins’ design and engineering business. He has been with Atkins for 11 years, first in the UK and for the last eight years in the UAE, where he was previously market director for civil, infrastructure and transportation, working with clients such as Dubai Airports and the Roads and Transport Authority.

A design, engineering and project management consultancy, Atkins has worked on major projects in the UAE including Dubai Opera, Burj Al Arab and Dubai International Airport and Dubai Metro.

Image courtesy of Atkins

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