Atkins appoints new Qatar managing director

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Atkins has appointed Rod Stewart as the new managing director to head up its expanding Qatar operations.

Stewart, formerly a group production director at Wates Group, one of the largest construction companies in the UK, will manage 400 employees in Qatar, who are working on a number of high profile projects.

In January of this year Atkins was awarded a three-year contract by the country’s Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning, to establish a Central Planning Office (CPO) to co-ordinate major multi-billion dollar transport and infrastructure project.

In the past 18 months, Atkins’ operations in Qatar have quadrupled in size, growing to approximately 400 employees.

At Wates Group, Stewart was group production director responsible for introducing change and leading the development of operational excellence in construction operations, including quality, safety, efficiency, sustainability and technical innovation.

Commenting on the role, Stewart said that he was excited and motivated by the opportunity presented by Atkins in Qatar.

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“The business has developed an excellent platform for strong and sustainable growth in what is undoubtedly one of the most vibrant markets in the world for our sector.

“I look forward to bringing my skills to bear to ensure we really excel in supporting our clients to realise Qatar’s National 2030 Vision for world class infrastructure.”

CEO for Atkins in the Middle East, Richard Barrett, said that he was happy to appoint a candidate with a track record of delivering projects.

“Qatar is one of our most important strategic growth markets. We were determined to bring in a managing director with first class credentials who is capable of building on our tremendous success during the past 12 months, while ensuring we remain focused on delivering an exceptional service to clients,” he said.

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