He joins Laing O’Rourke from Al Naboodah Construction Group, where he was chief executive officer responsible for the largest privately owned UAE-based construction group, with a turnover of US$800m.
Before this, Mr Wells spent five years with Murray & Roberts, three of which were based in South Africa.
Earlier in his career he spent 15 years with Costain in a variety of strategic, operations and project delivery roles, having joined on graduation from Heriot-Watt University with a BEng in civil engineering. He is a corporate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Laing O’Rourke chief executive Anna Stewart said: “Gary is a dynamic, internationally-focussed infrastructure specialist with an extensive professional network developed within the industry. He is an outstanding addition to the Europe Hub senior team, and I know his contributions will accelerate our strategic ambitions to develop our unique business offering through excellence in delivery, reinforcing our brand as a tier one provider in the UK.”
Mr Wells takes up his post on 4 November and reports to Europe Hub CEO Roger Robinson.