Paul Dodsworth joins Wates from Bowmer & Kirkland, where he spent eight years as construction director overseeing projects in the North East and Scotland.
Wates is currently building the £100m Central Square office development in Leeds and wants to grow its presence in new markets in Newcastle, Teesside, Sunderland and Durham.
At Bowmer & Kirkland, Paul Dodsworth led commercial and retail schemes, including the flagship Trinity Square mixed-use development in Gateshead.
At Wates he will lead the delivery of current projects, which include the new £35m Haribo factory in Wakefield and the £5.6m XP School in Doncaster.
Phil Harrison, managing director of Wates Construction North, said: “Wates Construction has an extensive portfolio of excellent projects in Yorkshire both past and present, which places us a reputed contractor across commercial, manufacturing and public sector markets.
”Paul’s appointment marks a step forward in our strategic growth plan for the region, which will see us drive the business further afield whilst building on our long-standing position as a trusted and innovative contractor.”