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Atkins' supremo Clarke to step down

Keith Clarke, the chief executive of Atkins, is to step down next month after heading up the global giant for nearly eight years

He will be replaced at the company, ranked third in this year’s AJ100 listings, by 46-year-old Uwe Krueger - a trained physicist currently working for private equity investment firm Texas Pacific Group.

Clarke will continue as director of sustainability at Atkins and will support the company’s Middle East business.

Allan Cook, chairman said: ‘Clarke is retiring as chief executive, having steered the Group back to being a high performing business, successfully navigated a world recession and charted the course for growth. 

‘This is a natural time for him to hand the baton over to Uwe Krueger to continue the Group’s development as a multi-national organisation.’He leaves the Group with an excellent track record and a low carbon legacy. 

He added: ‘The Board is delighted that Keith will remain with the Group as director of sustainability and to assist with the development of our Middle East business.’

Krueger who also works for Cleantech Switzerland, a sustainability trade promotion organisation for the Swiss government, has previously had stints with management consultants A T Kearney and construction group Hochtief.

Atkins said: “He has spent the majority of his career leading engineering and consulting organisations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.  He has a proven ability to drive and implement operational success in very large international organisations.”

Read about how Clarke steered Britain’s one-time biggest architectural firm through tough times in an interview from 2009.

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