DUBAI, UAE, April 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Atkins has appointed Tom Hasker as managing director for its 750-people strong property division in the Middle East.
Tom has been with the Atkins group, as Middle East director of project management for Faithful+Gould, since 2013. Prior to that he was regional managing director for project management consultancy Confluence until its acquisition by Atkins.
Tom will be responsible for spearheading Atkins' strategic growth in the property sector across the Middle East, with a focus on the UAE, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman. He has more than 18 years' experience in client and design management, project management and property development.
"Atkins is synonymous with some of the Middle East's most iconic and important building projects, so it's a massive privilege to be able to lead such a high performing and talented team," said Tom.
"We're proud of our history, but we're also incredibly excited about our future and the continuing role we're playing to shape the region's urban environments.
"Our challenge today is about helping clients with the next phase in the region's transformation, which involves using our creativity to design and engineer fantastic, people-friendly and sustainable places which compete with the most advanced cities in the world."
Atkins' current property projects include the new Dubai Opera, which will be the centrepiece of The Opera District in Downtown Dubai; Al Habtoor Residences, a high profile 395,000 m² development in Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road; and Prince Sultan Cultural Centre in Jeddah, which will support and encourage "social wellness" among its residents.
Simon Moon, chief executive for Atkins in the Middle East, added: "Our property division has been at the heart of our success in the Middle East for the last 40 years, so we needed an outstanding individual for this role.
"I'm really pleased and confident that Tom fits this mould perfectly. He's established a fantastic reputation in the market and is a natural leader who understands how to inspire and motivate talented teams."
Atkins is among the foremost multidisciplinary designers in the Middle East property sector, having delivered an enviable portfolio of projects which includes the Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the Address Downtown (all in Dubai), Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi and the Bahrain World Trade Center.
In total, Atkins employs around 2,500 staff in the Middle East across the property, rail, infrastructure and energy sectors.
Notes to editors:
Atkins (http://www.atkinsglobal.com) is one of the world's most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, employing some 18,000 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. We build long term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas. You can view Atkins' recent projects on our website.
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