International giant RMJM has confirmed that five of its leading lights, including the chief executive of its Asia and Middle East operations, have left the company
Long-serving figurehead David Pringle, who ran the Asian operations since 2002 and was subsequently charged with expanding RMJM’s Middle Eastern offices, has departed along with international principle Colin Moses, former European managing director Hugh Mullan (pictured), Middle East design director Gordon Affleck and director Adrian Boot.
According to the Scotsman the departures have come ‘amid claims of behind-the-scenes disagreements over the way the troubled company is run’ following the arrival of controversial former Royal Bank of Scotland boss Fred Goodwin late last year (AJ 17.01.10) - although it is understood Boot went before Goodwin’s arrival.
However a spokesman insisted things remained rosy at the practice with the order book up £50 million to £95 million compared to this time last year.
He said: ‘Within any organisation you are always going to get people coming and going, if they are looking to do other things, or work for a small practice. The architectural sector is in the doldrums and facing its toughest time in a generation. But RMJM is coming through this better than many of its peers.
‘There are clearly going to be people who leave on their own accord, or who are asked to leave, and it is inevitable you will get a bit of disgruntlement. Every architecture practice will be managing its cash carefully, and RMJM is no different. They are far more comfortable with the position now and the business is well managed and running well. You have to remember that RMJM is still one of the biggest architectural practices in the world.’