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Crossrail programme partner chief departs the London mega-project

Head of Crossrail programme partner Transcend Jhan Schmitz has left the project to return to Panama before taking up a post in Doha, Qatar, NCE can reveal.

As the head man at Crossrail’s programme partner Transcend, Schmitz was tasked with managing the overall scheme for the consortium that comprised Aecom, CH2M Hill and Nichols Group.

He will be replaced by Aecom’s Jeff Hewitt, who transfers from the Canada Line rapid transport scheme in Vancouver.

Hewitt is Aecom’s Global Program Management and Transportation vice president.

Schmitz had been poached to join the Transcend consortium’s winning bid for Crossrail programme partner from directing Central America’s own mega-project to expand the Panama Canal and was one of the big hitters promised by Transcend when it won the contract in 2009.

At Crossrail he was charged with setting up a robust set of programme controls − for costs, scope, scheduling, risk management, change management and reporting − and for getting all programme participants and partners to adhere to them.

Schmitz also spent 17 years with Bechtel - which leads the Crossrail Central project delivery partner consortium - in his earlier days, and worked alongside Bechtel’s Crossrail supremo Cliff Mumm in Iraq.

A CH2M Hill spokesman confirmed that Schmitz would be leaving Crossrail to take up his new role in Doha.

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