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HOK let go key director in further staff cull

HOK has laid off James Berry – the director who took charge of the company’s large round of redundancies earlier this year

The ex-Skanska and British Rail architect, whose official title was director of management and operations, was released at the end of last week as part of a management restructuring programme.

It is understood his role will be shared by six other board directors.

Speaking after ‘poaching’ Berry from Skanska in early 2008, Larry Malcic, design director at HOK, said: ‘James has a real commitment to client service and design. His insight into the expectations of clients will be a huge advantage.’

HOK let go 20 staff from its London office back in May – effectively 10 per cent of its UK staff.

Berry gave the keynote speech at this year’s AJ/Bovis dinner at the Royal Academy. Click here to read the full transcript


HOK’s official statement

Due to the ongoing effects of the recession, HOK is rationalising its management team in London and James Berry has agreed to step down from his role of director of operations and management as from 27 August 2009. He will remain available to undertake specific assignments.

The responsibilities of his role will be shared amongst the London Board consisting of six Directors.  Larry Malcic, director of design said: ‘We to would like to thank James for his positive support and significant efforts on behalf of HOK during these difficult economic times.  We wish him every success in the future.’



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