New Buro Happold CEO plans to double company’s size

James Bruce

Engineering consultancy Buro Happold has appointed James Bruce as its new chief executive, with a plan to boost the company’s global presence.

Bruce said he would double the business’ workforce, which operates in 26 locations worldwide, from 2,000 to 4,000 within six years.

Bruce previously served as Buro Happold’s as chief operating and financial officer. Prior to joining Buro Happold, he worked for a number of businesses outside of building engineering and consultancy, including serving as chief financial officer for a number of Omnicom and WPP subsidiaries, including Interbrand and Landor. 

He said: “The business has delivered consistent global growth by strongly promoting a strategic focus on design, consultancy, sustainability, equity above all else, and driving best use of technology.  What will not change as we move forward is any deviation from our principles of caring deeply about the legacy of our work and a collective courage and passion to create; this is what drives our culture. Where we have plans to grow, we will only do that by acquiring businesses that share our values and vision.”

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