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URS names American Tom Bishop as Hugh Blackwood successor

US giant URS has installed American Tom Bishop as new boss of its London-based international operations as successor to Hugh Blackwood.

Glasweigan Blackwood was boss of Scott WIlson before it sold out to URS two years ago and remained at the helm as URS vice president and managing director of the US giant’s international operations. He is retiring at the end of the year but will stay on in an advisory role.

Bishop takes over with immediate effect as executive chairman of international operations. He will be supported by Brit John Horgan has been promoted to managing director of the international business. Jerome Munro-Lafon, managing director of the company’s UK and Ireland operations, will continue in his current role.

The move marks the first time an American has taken direct control of operations at the former Scott Wilson.

Bishop, previously a vice president of URS, has been based in London since 2010, managing the international integration following URS’ acquisition of Scott Wilson in September of that year. He joined URS in 1986 through the acquisition of a legacy company specialising in programme and construction management, where as managing director he led operations in Europe, Africa and Asia. In that role he oversaw many complex infrastructure projects, including high-speed rail projects in Germany, transportation projects in the UK and aviation projects in Hong Kong and Portugal. He began his career as a design engineer with the US Navy in its nuclear submarine programme, and later became a director with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, responsible for overseeing nuclear plant design, construction and operation in the Western United States.

Horgan has held a number of senior roles at URS, including MD-level positions in UK companies for more than three decades. He began his career at contractor IDC and later joined Humphreys and Glasgow where he developed ground-breaking software for structural analysis, and was involved in the design of the top-side of Cormorant North Oil Platform. He joined consultant Cameron Taylor in 1979 becoming managing director in 1995. Cameron Taylor was bought by Scott Wilson in 2006.

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