Apr 10, 2012
Company Announcement: Golder appoints new MD and regional Vice-President in Africa- current leader assumes new global corporate development roleBack
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Golder Associates announced the appointment of Dr Ralph Heath as its new Managing Director and Regional Vice-President for Africa. This followed an extensive recruitment process.Dr Heath assumed the role on 2 April 2012.Former Managing Director and Vice-President, Dr Fred Sutherland, has been appointed to global Vice-President: Corporate Development, following 12 years of successful leadership in Africa. Welcoming the appointments, Dr André van Niekerk, a Director of Golder’s global board, said that Fred had brought strong leadership to the employee-owned company which led to significant growth in Africa.
“He aggressively pursued the integration of Golder in Africa with the rest of Golder globally”. Fred has played a major role in Golder’s expansion in Africa, which now includes thriving operations in Botswana, Ghana and Mozambique, with offices opening soon in Tanzania and Guinea. Despite tripling in size under Fred’s leadership from 85 people in 2002, to more than 330 employees in 2012, Golder has maintained its culture of delivering excellence to clients. The Africa region has been a role model for Golder globally, achieving consistent performance, not only financially, but also in employee satisfaction, health, safety and environmental performance and in technical and client service excellence.“Under Fred’s direction, the Golder Trust for Orphans was established and consistently developed throughout Africa”.
“I am confident that Ralph will continue strengthening Golder’s record of technical and client service distinction and enable us to continue to attract quality people”, said Dr van Niekerk.Ralph said that he was pleased to be assuming new responsibilities in which he could provide his experience to the next generation of leaders. He has a clear vision for Golder’s role in Africa, as part of a global consultancy. “Golder in Africa has come about with successful mergers and acquisitions, hard work and visionary leaders and we will continue on this path in the future which is vital for growth”, said Ralph. “Technical excellence, intellectual freedom and new experiences are the language of growth with which I will lead the business and maintain our values”.Ralph said that Golder anticipates another solid year in 2012 on the back of continued expansion in resources, engineering and infrastructure projects across the region.
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