His previous role was Kazakhstan country manager. Richards, who has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry, will be taking over from Robert Hewitt, who established the company’s first office in India in Mumbai in 2007.
Turner & Townsend’s revenue in Asia has increased by 30% to £16.6m in the last year. Richards aims to further diversify services and products in the fast-maturing market.
The managing director role will be pan-Indian, overseeing the wide range of projects undertaken by Turner & Townsend across the national capital region through to Bangalore, Chennai, Gurgaon, Pune and Mumbai. He will operate from the company’s offices in New Delhi, Mumbai and new premises in Bangalore.
“I inherit the foundations of a great business built by my predecessor Bob Hewitt who is moving on to further our major projects and programmes business based in the UK,” said Richards. “We now have a strong client base in India, with a wide variety of national and multinational corporations over a range of sectors including commercial, infrastructure, leisure, hospitality, retail, oil and gas, and mining and metals.” Clients include BSH Home Appliance Limited, Shell, Nissan and DLF Limited, the country’s largest commercial real estate developer.