David Cash, BDP’s director of international development and chair of the MENA region has been promoted to company chairman.
Cash was instrumental in expanding the UK-based company into markets such as the UAE, India and China.
He began his BDP career in Preston, UK, in 1980 and became director for international development in 2008.
Cash will continue to develop BDP internationally and remain chair of the MENA region.
He commented: “My role as chairman will be to give direction to the firm for the next few years. As a company we always to need to be improving and evolving in these changing times, rather than be afraid of change we need to embrace it.
“If I can take BDP from being a UK-based company that does projects overseas to a world-based organisation, I would feel like I had made my mark.”
BDP opened an Abu Dhabi office in 2010, headed by Nadine Nackasha.
It delivered the JW Marriot hotel in Dubai and won a contract to design ten universities in Libya.
Recently the company unveiled designs for a striking cultural centre in Kuwait.