Gronmij UK chief executive Lawrence Hughes is one of the big winners in a major restructure of the Dutch-based group.
The 8000-strong Dutch-owned company has reorganised, changing from a focus on six geographical regions to three business lines.
Hughes is to head the water and energy stream and has been appointed a group director, joining a slimmed-down five-strong main board headed by chief executive officer Sylvo Thijsen and chief financial officer Mel Zuydam, formerly of the Highways Agency.
“Especially in the current economic climate, the organisational change will enable us to better anticipate demand, unlock synergies and leverage this across geographical borders,” said Thijsen.
Hughes retains his leadership of the UK and Ireland business, and adds Poland to his repertoire.
The company aims to improve the way it shares knowledge, experience and clients across national borders.
Hughes hopes to use the company’s reputation in wind wo pick up work in the third round of UK offshore development.
A new transportation and mobility group is to be headed by Ulf Palmblad who will also be responsible for the Netherlands and Belgium. Planning and design will be headed by Gert Dral who will also lead Denmark and Sweden.
The company is aiming for 10-15% revenue growth a year between 2010 and 2015 and is looking for acquisitions particularly in fast growing markets such as central and eastern Europe.
But 2010 will also be a year of cost reduction though there are currently no plans for a reduction in headcount in the UK, the company said.