Mott MacDonald appoints new Managing Director for Middle East

08 February 2018

The global engineering and management consultancy Mott MacDonald has appointed Chris Seymour as the new managing director of its Middle East operations. Seymour has nearly 30 years of project management experience, operating for the last ten across the Middle East region.

After joining the firm in 2016 as Regional Development Director for the Middle East and South Asia, Chris Seymour, who is also co-Chairman of the Middle East Council for Offices, will now serve as the Managing Director for Mott MacDonald in the Middle East.

Seymour has nearly 30 years of experience in project and commercial management, including a specialist interest in private public partnership, financing, procurement and risk management. He crossed to Mott Macdonald from fellow METRON design and engineering firm Arcadis, where he started out in 2000 as an executive director for their UK office, before moving up to Head of Markets and Development for the Middle East prior to his switch. Seymour has worked in most of the major cities in the region since arriving in 2009.

Christopher Seymour , Managing Director

“Chris has made a huge impact since he joined us a couple of years ago,” David Cox, Mott MacDonald’s regional managing director for Middle East and South Asia, said. “He takes on this role at an exciting time of change and development in the Middle East, with many regional governments looking to honour their ambitious infrastructure commitments… With Chris’ broad experience and leadership, we’re looking forward to working closely with our clients in the Middle East to help them realise their ambitions.” 

Regional footprint

Mott Macdonald has a lineage in the MENA region dating back to the early 1900s, when the company’s co-founder Murdoch Macdonald aided the development of irrigation systems in the Nile Basin. The firm now has around 1300 staff in the region (of a 16,000 total worldwide) across seven countries, including Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and Seymour in his new role will be tasked with further expanding the company’s regional operations, with a focus on energy, infrastructure and the built environment.

The consulting firm offers multidisciplinary project delivery services for its Middle East clients, including sustainable design and implementation, policy development, impact assessment and environmental risk management, in, among others, the areas of transport, water, power, health, education, and the resources sector. The design and build of Qatar’s showcase stadium for its successful FIFA World Cup bid and the provision of advisory services for the Madinah Airport of Saudi Arabia feature among the firm’s previous regional projects.


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A highly celebrated figure in Lebanon, the case of ex-Nissan and now ex-Renault head Carlos Ghosn has captivated the media round the world, with his re-arrest and detainment in Japan on further embezzlement charges last week – this time concerning allegations in Oman – delivering the latest twist in the saga. For his part, Ghosn continues to deny the charges, labeling the latest allegations of financial impropriety as “outrageous and arbitrary”.

Much of the media fascination stems from Ghosn’s remarkable story. Born to Lebanese immigrants in Brazil, Ghosn spent much of his youth in Lebanon before moving to Paris to pursue an engineering degree – and in almost no time arriving at the very top of the global automotive industry as a feted turn-around specialist, having rescued both Renault and Nissan from probable ruin. The other factor; a cultivated lifestyle of celebrity glamour.

Front and centre in that image was Ghosn’s young family, including a son Anthony and three daughters – Caroline, Maya and Nadine – who have all grown into their own spotlight in the international business and entrepreneurial worlds. And in line with that A-list background, all three of his daughters got their career starts at the crème de la crème of the strategy and management consulting world; prestigious MBB firms McKinsey & Company and BCG.The Ghosn family affair with the international consulting sector  The eldest Ghosn daughter, Caroline, joined McKinsey in 2007 following a BA in International Relations at Stamford University – before founding professional career network Levo in 2011 with three of her McKinsey associates. Her husband, Nicholas Flanders, CEO and co-founder of carbon reduction tech-company Opus 12, (and former COO of Levo), is likewise an alumnus of McKinsey – serving for three and a half years alongside Ghosn in the firm’s New York office.

Carlos Ghosn’s second daughter got her start at Boston Consulting Group.  A regonised name in luxury fashion as the founder and creative director of Nadine Ghosn Fine Jewelry, her brand counts and Beyoncé and the recently deceased fashion icon Karl Largerfeld among its celebrity clientele. At BCG, Nadine, who also graduated Stamford, served as an associate in the firm’s luxury and consumer goods practice before joining a management programme at Hermès.

Like her eldest sister, Ghosn’s youngest daughter Maya joined McKinsey’s New York office – spending over three years there as an engagement manager before departing in 2016. Maya is now Manager, Housing Affordability for the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, founded by Mark Zuckerberg and Pricilla Chan to promote social equality. Incidentally, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, a former McKinsey consultant, has been a mentor to Caroline and also founded, where Maya first started out as an intern.

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