Engineering and design giant Atkins has announced that Keith Clarke will retire from his position as chief executive and director, after almost eight years in the role, to be replaced by Dr Uwe Krueger.
Dr Krueger will join the board on 14 June 2011 as chief executive designate and take over as chief executive on 1 August 2011.
Allan Cook, chairman, said: “Keith 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 continued: “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. On behalf of the board, I am delighted to welcome a businessman of Uwe’s calibre to lead the group.”
Dr Krueger, 46, studied at the University of Frankfurt, graduating with a PhD in complex system theory and brain research. He also studied at Columbia University, New York, the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, and at Harvard, Boston. He has spent the majority of his career leading engineering and consulting organisations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.