Atkins has appointed Philip Hoare as CEO for its UK and Europe business with previous incumbent Nick Roberts becoming president of Atkins worldwide.
Mr Hoare had been managing director for Atkins’ transportation division in UK and Europe since February 2015.
He will take up the new position with immediate effect and will oversee Atkins work in transportation, infrastructure, building and industrial markets.
The company is now searching for a new transportation managing director, with the department’s finance director Jamie Sharp taking on the role in the interim.
Mr Hoare said: “At such an important time for the UK in particular, it is critical that we are at the heart of the drive to improve efficiency and productivity both to support the growth in the UK economy and to boost exports.
“One of my priorities will be to push the digital growth agenda, ensuring we bring smart thinking and technological solutions to the table at this time when our digital and physical worlds are colliding at pace.”
In his 10 years with the engineering and consultancy business, Mr Hoare has worked as managing director of the highways division and later the rail division.
Since February 2015 he has served as MD for transportation in UK and Europe following a major restructuring of the firm’s operations.
During his time heading up the firm’s rail and combined transport business, Atkins secured a £350m design contract on HS2 as part of a JV with CH2M and Sener.
Atkins is also in the frame to carry out early design work on Crossrail 2.
The firm was bought out by Canadian engineering company SNC-Lavalin for £2.1bn in June last year.
Shortly before the takeover was announced, staff in the UK infrastructure arm were told 92 jobs would be cut due to “challenging market conditions” which reduced revenue expectations by £20m.