Engineering giant appoints senior executive

Bath based Buro Happold has appointed a new chief operating officer.

Marc Barone has taken up the role at global engineering, design and advisory practice.

He will be a member of  the firm’s executive and global leadership teams and ensure the business operates as efficiently and effectively as possible.

His role will seem him aim to deliver against strategy while managing risk and growing reach, impact, and client outcome.

He will also be responsible for health and safety, quality and climate response.

Barone has worked in the infrastructure, consulting and software sectors, including at AECOM and Balfour Beatty Services for more than three decades in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

In his previous position as Chief Growth Officer at AECOM, he had primary responsibility for driving all aspects of growth across the organisation.

He said: “ I’m looking forward to building on existing successes at Buro Happold, extending our highly collaborative culture by infusing rigour and pace to target setting and decision-making. The changing market and technology environment mandates that our operations proactively drive carbon reduction and digital innovation in order to tackle our clients’ biggest challenges.

“We will maximise the potential of our exceptional teams to strengthen our unique capabilities and market offering.”

Chief executive Oliver Plunkett added: “It is a pleasure to welcome Marc to Buro Happold, with his substantial credentials that will help drive our organisational growth in line with our 1-3-6 strategy and the positive impact we have on people, places and planet.

“His skills and experience align perfectly with our aims to continue to grow our offer in Europe, the United States and elsewhere across the world, as well as broadening our established and premium position in the UK.”

For more than 45 years, Buro Happold has been involved in some of the most iconic projects across the globe including Singapore’s Jewel Changi Airport, Museum of the Future in Dubai, The High Line in New York, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and Battersea Power Station in London, and Varso Tower in Warsaw, SAP Arena in Munich.