FORMER RAILTRACK director Gil Howarth joined leading edge consultant Robert Benaim & Associates on Tuesday as group chief executive.
'I will be looking at the commercial and financial aspects, taking an overview of where we are,' said Howarth.
Asked about his surprise move to a relatively small, young consultancy, he said: 'I wanted something different. I've worked in large companies for twenty-something years.'
Howarth spent 15 years with nuclear fuels specialist BNFL at Sellafield and worked on the foundation of BNFL Inc in the US. In 1989 he joined British Rail as director of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, and in 1992 became managing director of Union Railways before moving to Railtrack the following year.
His departure from Railtrack was formally concluded in February this year (NCE 29 January). Since then he has been with Mace as a non-executive director and will retain that position while working most of the week with Benaim.
As well as its London headquarters, Benaim has offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. This week Howarth said he was talking with the directors of these three recession-hit South East Asian offices 'to look at whether we should expand'.