Atkins has appointed Philip Hoare as chief executive of its UK and Europe business.
The appointment of Hoare follows the promotion of previous UK chief executive Nick Roberts, to Atkins president.
Roberts took over from interim president Heath Drewitt after he left to join Aggreko as chief financial officer in November last year.
The role of president was created after the company was taken over by Canadian company SNC Lavalin in July last year. Up to that point, the role was carried out by Uwe Krueger as the chief executive for the whole of Atkins. Krueger left Atkins following the merger.
Hoare steps up from leading Atkins’ UK and Europe transportation division since 2014, working as managing director for its rail and highways businesses.
The civil engineer said he was committed to driving digital transformation across design, engineering and project management, and is a strong advocate of apprenticeships and early STEM career opportunities, sitting on the board of the National College for High Speed Rail amongst other industry forums.
He is also the senior leadership sponsor of Atkins’ LGBT network.
Hoare said: “2018 is sure to be a year full of exciting challenges and opportunities for everyone in our industry across the UK and Europe. I’m looking forward to working with clients, colleagues and partners to deliver best-in-class engineering and infrastructure projects to unlock greater productivity and improve the lives and prosperity of our communities and businesses.
“At such an important time for the UK in particular, it is critical that we are at the heart of the drive to improve efficiency and productivity both to support the growth in the UK economy and to boost exports.
“One of my priorities will be to push the digital growth agenda, ensuring we bring smart thinking and technological solutions to the table at this time when our digital and physical worlds are colliding at pace.”
In the interim, divisional finance director Jamie Sharp will lead the UK and Europe transportation business.