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Laing O'Rourke Middle East business gets new boss

Laing O’Rourke has appointed Mark Andrews as managing director of its Middle East business, covering operations in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

The former chief executive of M&E outfit NG Bailey has been based in the region for the past five years.

Andrews graduated in civil engineering from Imperial College London in 1980, and joined Chicago Bridge & Iron Company where he spent nine years, mostly in the Middle East.

Following a five year period working in senior corporate planning and marketing roles in the chemicals and petroleum industry with BOC Group, he joined Balfour Beatty in their major projects division, before leading their utilities business. He was also chief executive in North America for Pirelli, before leading NG Bailey for six years as chief executive.

Andrews has an MBA from Cranfield and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology and the Chartered Institute of Management.

Europe Hub managing director Paul Sheffield, who himself joined Laing O’Rourke from Kier in July, said. “Mark has a proven track record of adding value to organisations through driving new sales growth alongside performance improvement. He possesses broad expertise in civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, with significant leadership credentials in heavy industrial sectors. He also has first-hand experience of deploying modular and manufacturing techniques onto a variety of project types.

“His deep knowledge of the construction market in the Middle East, having been based there for many years including the last five, coupled with his customer focussed approach will prove invaluable as we target a growing number of opportunities in the region to deploy our unique business offering.”

Andrews said: “Laing O’Rourke has a strong brand and reputation in the Middle East for delivering on its promises for customers, while focussing on the safety and welfare of its workforce. The investments the group is making in engineering and manufacturing demonstrates the level of ambition the group has to lead real industry innovation. I have no doubt that such innovation will be of considerable interest to key clients in the Middle East. As the global economy emerges from recession, this is an exciting time to be part of this change, and I’m really looking forward to meeting the team and getting started.”

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