Arcadis replaces Wael Allan as Middle East head

Allan was appointed as Middle East chief executive and a member of Arcadis’ senior management team in February 2014 following the company's take over of Hyder Consulting, where he had been regional managing director.

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The building consultancy Arcadis has replaced Wael Allan as its chief executive just 12 months after his appointment.

The consultancy has announced that Graham Reid has been appointed as Middle East chief executive, effective from February 1.

Mr Reid had previously been global design director for Arcadis.

Mr Allan was appointed as Middle East chief executive and a member of Arcadis’ senior management team in February 2014 following the company’s £296 million (Dh1.55 billion) take­over of Hyder Consulting, where he had been regional managing director. In a statement, Arcadis said Mr Allan left the firm at the end of January to pursue opportunities outside of its business.

Mr Reid now leads an Arcadis team of 2,200 people in the Middle East. Over the past 12 months, he had spearheaded the expansion of a series of global design excellence centres. Before that, he had been Hyder’s UK managing director.

“Graham is a collaborative and results-oriented leader with a strong track record,” said Stephan Ritter, an executive board member of Arcadis. “We are pleased to welcome Graham to the regional operations of the Middle East.”

Mr Ritter added that Mr Allan had “played an instrumental role” in the integration of the Hyder business into Arcadis.

“He is one of the most respected leaders in the Middle East construction and engineering industry and I wish him well with his next endeavours.”

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