1. Greg Kane, Managing Director – Middle East, WSP (Power 100 ranking: 14)
A newcomer to Construction Week’s Power 100, Greg Kane replaced Tom Bower as WSP’s Middle East managing director in May 2016, and it’s fair to say that his first at the helm has been reassuringly busy.
At a corporate level, Kane has been overseeing the Middle East portion of the consultancy’s global rebrand, which saw its name change from WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff to WSP in May 2017. The transition, which began following WSP’s acquisition of Parsons Brinckerhoff in 2014, involved a comprehensive brand research and development exercise in consultation with 600 clients, 600 prospective clients, and 350 members of the company’s global workforce.
Kane’s team has also seen a significant amount of onsite action during the past 12 months, and is continuing to support the development of a diverse array of large-scale projects across the region.
For example, WSP’s historic Middle East project portfolio includes, but is by no means limited to, United Tower and South Surra in Kuwait; Jeddah Corniche in Saudi Arabia; and One JBR in the UAE.
Commenting on WSP’s current and future activities in the Gulf, Kane told Construction Week: “Dubai remains an encouraging market for our property and buildings business; we have secured some high-quality projects over the last year. Saudi Arabia is a large market, but one to which we are not heavily exposed [at present. Nevertheless], WSP believes that changes to how things are delivered in the kingdom will bring selective quality opportunities for the business during the coming years.”