Marco Malpiedi joins Atkins from Parsons in the Middle East. His earlier roles in the region, include a period managing activities in Oman for Danish consultancy Cowi and time as Buro Happold’s country director for the UAE.
Malpiedi’s responsibilities at Atkins include the strategic positioning, operational success and delivery of business targets and future growth of operations in Oman. “Atkins has an established, proven team in Oman with a hard won reputation for the quality of its services, which is a great platform for me to start with,” he said. “I’m excited with the challenge of building on this and developing even stronger relationships among our key clients as we look to support the Sultanate’s ambitious national development plans.”
Atkins has worked on some of Oman’s most high-profile projects, including the Barr Al Jissah resort, the Asian Beach Games and The Wave, Muscat. Current key projects include the Alila Jabal Akhdar Hotel, a five-star resort set 2,000m above sea level in the Al Hajar Mountains, and the Sultan Qaboos Sports Academy.
Simon Moon, chief operating officer for Atkins in the Middle East, said: “Marco has been successful in growing and directing multidisciplinary teams, projects and businesses across the Middle East, Northern and Central Europe, East Africa and Asia. He is well versed in the business language of the region and has an excellent reputation in the industry. “It is a credit to Atkins and to the Oman business in particular that we’ve been able to attract someone of Marco’s calibre. He is extremely committed to overseeing our continued success in Oman, while his broad international experience will also be a tremendous asset to the Middle East business as a whole.”