HKA announces appointment of new chairman

HKA is delighted to announce the appointment of John Alexander as Chairman of its Board of Directors, effective July 2017.

John Alexander brings more than 30 years of industry experience to HKA. He is also currently non-executive Chairman of ERM, the world’s leading environmental and sustainability consulting firm, having previously served as CEO for nine years.  During his time there, John led ERM through a period of significant change and growth, taking the company from an enterprise value of US$525 million to over US$1.7 billion.

“I am honoured to welcome John as HKA’s first Chairman. His vision, leadership skills and international business experience will be invaluable as we develop and implement our ambitious growth plans.”

Renny Borhan, HKA’s Chief Executive

John commenced his career in the oil industry in the Middle East. He later worked for Dames & Moore Group/URS where he spent 15 years before joining ERM in 2002 as Managing Director of the company’s Asia-Pacific operations. John has lived and worked in Australia, Belgium and the Middle East as well as the UK, and spent a significant period in the US.

“I am delighted to take on the new role of Chairman at HKA. I look forward to working with the Board and the executive management team through a period of change and to helping achieve our strategic goals,” said John. “This is an exciting time for the company following the recent management buy-out supported by Bridgepoint.”

John holds a BSc (Hons) in Geophysics from the University of Liverpool and an MSc in Hydrogeology from the University of Birmingham. He is a Chartered Geologist, a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. John is also a Council Member for the CEO-led World Business Council for Sustainable Development. He has contributed to its work over several years, including acting as Chair of the Energy and Climate Working Group.


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