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Jacobs appoints CH2M man to lead rail team

Jacobs has appointed CH2M director Mark Southwell to lead its European rail and geotechnical team.

Mark Southwell vice president rail geotechnical Europe Jacobs

Mark Southwell vice president rail geotechnical Europe Jacobs

The US engineering giant said Mr Southwell will be responsible for programme delivery, as well as developing the business in the UK and European markets following Jacobs’ acquisition of CH2M.

Prior to his appointment, Mr Southwell was European operations director for the south and global director for rail and transit.

He joined CH2M in 2016 from Network Rail and has 30 years of experience in the sector.

Last month CN revealed two CH2M executives had been poached by rival firms in the wake of Jacobs’ takeover.

CH2M European managing director Rachel White was hired by Arcadis, while former MD for national governments Jonathan Baker joined Mott MacDonald.

Commenting on Mr Southwell’s appointment, Jacobs buildings and infrastructure Europe senior vice-president Donald Morrison said: “Cities and regions are updating capacity and creating new rail lines to enhance mobility, job growth and inclusive economic development.

“Mark’s significant experience leading transportation and rail businesses in Europe brings considerable expertise to the team as we look to grow in the region.” 

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