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Halcrow appoints new chief

CONSULTING GIANT Halcrow last week named accountant Peter Gammie as its new chief executive, with the goal of doubling the firm's business in five years.

Formerly group finance director, Gammie takes over following the retirement of Douglas Kennedy, an engineer who has been chief executive since May 1999. Gammie has been with Halcrow since 1978 and joined the board in 1991.

Working with development director Tony Allum, Gammie is expected to drive forward the company's five year strategic growth plan.

Halcrow last year produced a turnover of £150M and employed 3,100 staff across 29 offices in the UK and 27 offices abroad.

Chairman Derek Pollock said: 'In the last year, we have achieved growth of 15% through organic means and acquisition. Our vision is to continue this trend.'

Gammie is succeeded as finance director by Mike Prager, who joined Halcrow three months ago. Also an accountant, Prager has a contracting background having worked for outsourcing specialist Serco and logistics/distribution company NFC.

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