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29 October 2014

Laing O'Rourke appoints Mark Andrews as MD for Middle East Business

Laing O’Rourke today announced the appointment of Mark Andrews as managing director of the Group’s business activities in the Middle East, covering operations in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. As a member of the Europe Hub Board, Mark will have lead responsibility for driving the development and delivery of our growth strategy in the region, with particular focus on core markets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Mark joins the company from Arabtec Holding – one of the leading construction services companies in the UAE – where he was Chief Operating Officer.  With a career spanning over 34 years, Mark graduated in civil engineering from Imperial College London in 1980, and joined Chicago Bridge and Iron Company where he spent 9 years in a variety of senior project delivery roles, many based 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 has also held the chief executive role in North America for Pirelli, before leading NG Bailey for 6 years as Chief Executive – one of the UK’s leading independent engineering, IT and facilities services businesses – where he played an instrumental role in the development of the specialist offsite manufacture division.

Mark has an MBA from Cranfield and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Chartered Institute of Management. He has been awarded an OBE for services to apprenticeships, education and training in the construction industry.

Commenting on the appointment, Europe Hub Managing Director, Paul Sheffield 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.”

Commenting on his new role, Mark 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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