HMM’s Canada business will become part of Hatch while HMM’s US business will become part of Mott MacDonald. HMM’s Pipelines business, which operates in both Canada and the US, will also join Mott MacDonald.
Hatch Mott MacDonald was created 20 years ago as a joint venture providing engineering and professional services to the North American infrastructure market. HMM currently serves the transportation, water/wastewater, tunnelling, and oil and gas pipelines markets. It has grown to have 3,000 staff and 77 offices throughout the USA and Canada.
In addition to the HMM joint venture, both Mott MacDonald and Hatch provide services in various North American sectors outside of HMM’s infrastructure markets. Mott MacDonald and Hatch have agreed that the route to achieving their respective global growth ambitions is that they should now move forward as two separate businesses across North America.
The change is intended to enable both companies to focus on all markets and services, offer more expertise to more clients, and provide their staff with greater opportunities. Keith Howells and John Bianchini, the CEOs of Mott MacDonald and Hatch, made a joint comment: “At a time of significant renewal in North American infrastructure, this change allows Hatch and Mott MacDonald and the staff of HMM to build and invest in new ways.”
Nick DeNichilo, Hatch Mott MacDonald’s CEO, will continue to lead the Hatch Mott MacDonald business until the company separation is concluded. At that point, DeNichilo will become president and CEO of Mott MacDonald in North America following the separation of Hatch Mott MacDonald into two distinct businesses. Hatch Infrastructure in North America will be led by Michael Schatz, managing director of infrastructure.
These arrangements are expected to be finalised by early 2016.