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CIOB appoints Professor Ghassan Aouad as vice president

The Chartered Institute of Building has announced that Professor Ghassan Aouad has been appointed as vice president.

The pro-vice-chancellor for research and innovation at Salford University will take over as president of the group in June 2013.

He will follow in the footsteps of James Wates (2010), Peter Jacobs (2011) and Alan Crane (2012).

Professor Aouad, who has had a career in teaching and research spanning two decades, said he hopes to enhance the international reputation of the CIOB.

He said: “I am very optimistic about the future and I have every confidence that CIOB will go from strength to strength both with its core UK membership and around the world.”

Chris Blythe CIOB chief executive said: “Many of the industry’s leading thinkers have held the office of president, and Ghassan continues the tradition. We look forward to him becoming our president in 2013 for what will no doubt be an exciting and challenging year.”

During his career, Professor Aouad has presented his work in more than 35 countries.

His work includes areas such as process mapping within construction, information modelling and visualisation.

Through working alongside a number of UK and international institutions, he has generated over £10 million to support research related to built and human environment processes and products.