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WSP and PB name new UK boss

WSP and Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) have named former WSP UK managing director Mark Naysmith as UK chief operating officer for the newly-combined company.

WSP acquired PB last year, paying Balfour Beatty £820M for the professional services outfit.

Naysmith will head the UK business, and reports into Pierre Shoiry, president and chief executive officer.

WSP’s UK arm comprises 5,150 employees, out of 32,000 worldwide.

Naysmith is a civil and transportation engineer and began his career in 1988. He joined WSP following the acquisition of Kenchington Little & Partners in the early 1990s and worked in many senior roles in the business before being appointed UK managing director in 2013.

Former Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa managing director Ian Maclean has been named as UK managing director for energy and industry. The business combines the former WSP industrial engineering division with Parsons Brinckerhoff’s power and energy arm. It provides services to markets including power generation, transmission and distribution, energy for buildings and facilities, and underground hydrocarbon storage.

Former Parsons Brinckerhoff Europe chief operating officer Steve Refitt has been appointed integration director for the businesses in the UK, the Middle East and Africa.

Naysmith said: “It is a truly complementary merger of minds and talent, at a very busy time and in a rising economy. I have every confidence we are now putting together the final plans of what will be one of the UK’s most eminent consultancies.”

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