Global design and consultancy firm Arcadis has announced the appointment of Matt Bennion as CEO Asia. Mr. Bennion, currently Chief Operating Officer Asia, will succeed current CEO Asia, Kenneth Poon on 1st September 2016.
Mr. Bennion is currently responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Asia region and the development of a single Asian business that is capable of bringing the best of Arcadis to our clients, delivering on our goal of securing an undisputed leadership position in natural and built-environment consultancy. He has worked alongside Mr. Poon for the past two and a half years. Prior to his current role, Mr. Bennion was the Arcadis Global Business Line Director for Buildings.
Mr. Bennion joined EC Harris, an Arcadis company, in 2002 and helped to establish its management consultancy, programme management and transformational change business. In 2008, he became an Executive Group Board Member, with group-wide responsibility for service, people and business operations. As CEO, Mr. Bennion will continue to ensure that our clients in Asia receive the very best solutions, drawing on the full range of Arcadis’ capabilities. Mr. Bennion has a degree in Quantity Surveying and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Mr. Poon will retire from the Firm at end of December after more than 40 years’ service with Langdon & Seah, an Arcadis company, and Arcadis Asia. He will continue to play an important role with Arcadis, looking after the interests of our clients as a non-executive member of the advisory board for the firm in Asia.
Commenting on the appointments, Mr. Bennion stated: “I am honoured to be appointed to serve as CEO for Asia and excited about the opportunity to better support Asia’s rapid economic development and help our clients to achieve their business goals in a sustainable manner.”
Mr. Poon said: “I am confident that the business performance of Arcadis in Asia will continue to surge under Matt’s stewardship. His in-depth understanding of Arcadis’ core capabilities and the Asia business environment will ensure Arcadis continues to deliver effective business outcomes for our clients across the region.”
Neil McArthur, CEO of Arcadis said: “I would like to thank Kenneth for his service to Arcadis. In more than 40 years with the company, Kenneth led the creation of Arcadis in Asia, building on the strong foundations of both Langdon & Seah and EC Harris Asia, and helped establish the company as one of the leading design & consultancy firms in the region. In Matt we have a strong, young leader who will have an impact on the future of Arcadis. I am excited to welcome him to our Senior Management Committee.”