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SSH today announces that, after five years at the helm, CEO Bob Hope will be stepping down from his position and will be handing over to Matt Squires, SSH’s current COO, as part of the group’s ongoing succession strategy. Bob will remain in a supporting advisory capacity for the remainder of the calendar year and will also continue to provide ongoing consultancy support to the group Chairman.
SSH Chairman Omran Hayat stated: “On behalf of myself and the Board of SSH, we would like to thank Bob for five years of outstanding service to SSH and in leading the transformation of the group from being a highly respected local design consultancy into a leading multidisciplinary design consultancy group across the MENA region. Bob has developed a solid leadership team at SSH and, as part of this team, Matt has been developed as his successor. This news demonstrates both our commitment to internal staff development and the success of our succession strategy. I'm sure that Matt will now build on the foundation established to date and take SSH to even greater future success, and I congratulate him on his promotion.”
Bob Hope stated: 'I would like to thank the Chairman and the SSH Board, along with all the wonderfully talented people we have throughout SSH, for their hard work and support to me over the past five years. We have built upon SSH's proud 50-year local legacy and transformed the group into a regional industry leader delivering world-class projects to high-calibre clients as their consultant of choice. Now is the right time for me to step aside and let the new SSH leadership take the organisation forward for the future. I'm really pleased to be handing over to Matt who will, I’m sure, be an excellent CEO for the SSH group.”
Matt Squires stated: “Following five years of meteoric growth and increased brand awareness across the MENA region, SSH has created a great platform in our selected markets to strengthen our position as a trusted partner to our clients and strategic partners. I have greatly enjoyed working with Bob in transitioning the business over the past five years in my role as Chief Operating Officer. I am excited to work with Omran, the Board and the entire SSH family to continue to strengthen SSH’s standing, and support our talented staff to realise their individual potential within a challenging, fun environment.”
Matt will be leading the SSH delegation to the Cityscape Global real estate event in Dubai as CEO in early September and will make himself available for interviews and further comment at this time. Please contact Tanya Lowe at Tanya.Lowe@sshic.com for appointment slots.