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New Arup chairman Philip Dilley to shake up firm

Philip Dilley has begun his term as group chairman of Arup by reshaping the firm to focus on the four distinct markets of energy, property, infrastructure and transport

Dilley’s move has been described by Arup as a “natural evolution” of changes set in motion by previous chairman Terry Hill.

Dilley explained: “Our focus on these four markets will reinforce the kind of joined-up thinking that is crucial to serve the increasingly complex needs of our clients and communities. Clients of today are looking for solutions, not just services. We have all of the necessary skills to offer elegant and efficient solutions across all four markets. This fits with the ever-increasing demand for sustainable design, whilst the economic turbulence around us has accelerated its importance. Good design is at the very core of Arup and will continue to help us win and deliver success.”

Most recently, Dilley was head of Arup’s Europe and Middle East region, which he saw double in size to contribute, today, nearly 50% of the firm’s global earnings. He actively encouraged diversification and a geographic spread that is paying off as some markets retract in today’s economic climate. He was instrumental in re-establishing Arup’s presence in the Middle East where Arup operates a successful business model that brings a new quality benchmark to the region.

Hill steps aside having completed his five-year term as chairman and goes on to lead the firm’s new transport Market. “The last few years under Terry Hill’s leadership have been nothing short of extraordinary,” said Dilley. “During his term our global influence has rocketed, and some of our highest profile projects such as the Channel Tunnel High Speed Rail Link and the ‘Birds Nest’ and ‘Watercube’ for the Beijing Olympics, have given us an unprecedented public profile. I hope I can continue his legacy in the challenging years ahead.”

Philip’s background is in building design where he has worked with many of the world’s most well known architects. His most recent role as chairman of the firm’s Europe Region enabled him to connect with many of the firm’s clients across the full range of Arup’s activities.

In other changes:

  • Alain Marcetteau is appointed Chairman of Arup’s UK and Middle East Region
  • Tudor Salusbury is appointed Chairman of Europe and Africa Region

The four global Markets are led by:

  • Energy, Industry & Resources – John Miles
  • Property – David Glover
  • Social Infrastructure – Mahadev Raman
  • Transport – Terry Hill

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