Atkins announces new Middle East and Africa business structure

Johan Hesselsøe and Ian Redmayne will lead these markets as Managing Director, UAE and Managing Director, KSA respectively.

Johan Hesselsøe, Ian redmayne, Atkins

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has announced a new market-focused structure for its Atkins, Faithful+Gould and Atkins Acuity brands in the Middle East & Africa.

The new business structure, which will take effect from 1 July 1, will be based around two core markets of the UAE and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with services and propositions aligned to country priorities and respective client projects.


Providing a simpler and focused structure will ensure Atkins is agile and responsive to customers’ needs with a services delivery model that is more efficient and responsive to evolving local market dynamics.

Cris Dedigama, CEO of Atkins, Middle East & Africa, commented: “The Middle East and Africa region continues to offer great opportunities for our business and this new structure will enable us to be laser-focused in our services and delivery to very localized and dynamic market and client needs. Our new business structure will help us achieve focused future growth, through a robust local presence in key markets.

"This market-facing structure is underpinned by over 50 years’ regional track record, strong client relationships, a powerful global network and innovative, technology-enabled delivery capabilities.”

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Johan Hesselsøe and Ian Redmayne will lead these markets as Managing Director, UAE and Managing Director, KSA respectively.

Hesselsøe has over 13 years’ experience in the region, most recently as Managing Director, Middle East and Africa for Faithful+Gould.

Previously, he also held the role of Managing Director Atkins Acuity for over three years where he successfully grew the business while working collaboratively with other Atkins business lines to maximize client opportunities.

In addition, he worked with McKinsey for 10 years before joining the Company. Johan holds a Master of Science from London School of Economics.

Redmayne has been with Atkins for over 30 years leading flagship projects in infrastructure, transport, aviation and mixed-use developments in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

Over the past nine years, he has led key projects in Saudi Arabia such as The King Abdulaziz International Airport and Riyadh Metro. Throughout his career, he has developed strong client relationships and provided a focus on operational excellence and project delivery.

Redmayne holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Imperial College Business School, UK, and he is a Chartered Civil Engineer from the Institution of Civil Engineering, UK.

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