Arcadis, a leading global design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets, said it has appointed Dr Kamiran Ibrahim as the new chief executive for its Middle East operations effective July 1.
Dr Ibrahim currently holds the position of managing director for UAE and Oman and will succeed Graham Reid, who has accepted a position at RES Group in the UK, said a statement from Arcadis.
Dr Ibrahim joined Hyder Consulting in the UK in 2003 and moved to the Middle East in 2006. Prior to the Arcadis' acquisition of Hyder Consulting in 2014, Dr Ibrahim held a number of senior executive leadership roles, including that of regional business director for teotechnics/tunnelling and regional managing director for the utilities/water sector.
Following the Arcadis acquisition, he assumed two regional roles at Arcadis - managing director of Qatar and the global business leader for water - prior to his current role leading the growth of the UAE and Oman businesses.
Dr Ibrahim is a civil engineer with over 30 years’ experience in business development and operations within contracting and consultancy firms across the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
He has a proven ability to drive and implement operational success in large international organisations. He holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Civil Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Highways and Traffic Engineering (MSc), and a PhD in Civil Engineering (Geotechnics).
Throughout his professional career, he has had key leadership involvement in the design and management of numerous high-profile international projects, aimed at improving quality of life of the people within their respective localities.
Stephan Ritter, Arcadis' executive board member responsible for Europe, UK, the Middle East and Global Excellence Centers, said: "We are grateful for Reid’s contribution to the integration of our activities in the Middle East and for building a resilient business in challenging times. Graham led the region with a strong focus on clients and successful project execution. We wish Graham all the best in his new role."
Welcoming Dr Ibrahim into the fold, Ritter said his unique combination of relentless client focus, outstanding track record and business acumen were amongst his strongest attributes.
"His significant leadership capability and deep understanding of the Middle East region, as well as Arcadis’ clients and people, make him a natural successor. I am delighted that he has accepted the CEO role in the Middle East,” he added.
On his appointment, Dr Ibrahim said: "I am passionate about leading multi-disciplinary teams to overcome clients’ business challenges, and I am committed to bringing the very best of Arcadis to our clients."