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COO hire at Buro Happold

Global engineering, design and advisory practice Buro Happold, has appointed Marc Barone as Chief Operating Officer.

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

The appointment plays to Barone’s career strengths, continuing to build on his successful roles in the infrastructure, consulting and software sectors, including at AECOM and Balfour Beatty Services.

With over 30 years’ experience across the UK, Europe and the Middle East, Barone excels at addressing clients’ most challenging needs, including implementing new service offerings in ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance), energy and digital. In his previous position as Chief Growth Officer at AECOM, he had primary responsibility for driving all aspects of growth across the organisation.

Commenting on his appointment, Barone 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.”

Oliver Plunkett, Chief Executive Officer at Buro Happold, added: “It’s 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, Battersea Power Station in London, Varso Tower in Warsaw and SAP Arena in Munich.

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