SINGAPORE, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Global engineering, infrastructure and project management consultancy Meinhardt Group today announced the appointment of Stephen Choo as Strategic Advisor to the Global Chief Executive Officer and its Board of Directors. Previously with Meinhardt India, Stephen returns to the Group with nearly four decades of civil, oil and gas, and infrastructure engineering and business development experience in the Asia Pacific, and Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
In his new role, Stephen will report to Dr S. Nasim, Meinhardt Global CEO, and will work closely with the Group's country and regional heads, helping to identify and pursue critical market opportunities. Stephen has consulted on a wide range of projects, including airports, coastal and offshore marine engineering, power, oil and gas, cross-country oil and gas pipelines, industrial, real estate development and urban infrastructure.
Stephen started his career in 1975 at the Jurong Town Corporation of Singapore, where he eventually became senior infrastructure engineer. From 1982 to 1987, he was with Promet Berhad, a listed company in Malaysia, where he led the EPCM/BOT turnkey contracting division as Managing Director. From 1987 to 1991, he was at the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore where he became Divisional Chief, Planning, Engineering, Operations & Maintenance. In 1992, he joined Promet Engineering, a sub-division of Promet Berhad, as Managing Director for overseas operations, focused especially on Pakistan's oil and gas pipelines and oil unloading jetties and tank farms, and chemical, pharmaceutical and refinery plant construction on Jurong Island. In 1997, he was transferred to IPCO International, a listed company in Singapore and a subsidiary of Promet, as Vice President, Business Development, Asia Pacific, identifying and formulating infrastructure BOT projects. In 1999, he joined Meinhardt India, where he worked on the World Bank-funded National Highway Authority project for 500-lane kilometre NH-2 in North India. From 2003 until recently, Stephen was Senior General Manager, Projects (International) at Keppel Land International Limited, where he managed the planning, development and construction execution of Keppel Land's properties in nine countries and 32 cities across Asia and the Middle East.
"Stephen's multi-sector experience ranging from property to ports and harbours, oil and gas, water treatment to power stations matches our strategic goals perfectly. These are all sectors which we are growing aggressively," Dr. Nasim said. "His knowledge, experience and strategic thinking will help Meinhardt reinforce its lead as a multidisciplinary and truly integrated engineering consultancy serving clients globally."
A United Kingdom Chartered Civil Engineer and a practicing civil and structural engineer in Singapore and Malaysia, Stephen is also a specialist geotechnical engineer in Singapore. He holds senior memberships in such engineering institutions as the ASCE, ICE, IES, IEM, ISEE, T&DI and GeoSS. Stephen said he plans to focus his efforts on the Middle East, Asia and China, where local collaboration and joint ventures for infrastructural work abound. "These are fast-moving markets where the infrastructure capacity is expected to grow with local demand. Meinhardt's local offices in all these markets have been nimble in responding to such growth. I am proud to be associated with a dynamic company like Meinhardt," he said.
Meinhardt is one of the world's few multidisciplinary and truly integrated engineering, infrastructure and project management consulting firms. Since 1955, we have led the way in delivering innovative and highly buildable designs that always consider our clients' commercial objectives and global environmental concerns. We employ over 3,500 staff in more than 30 offices worldwide and have worked on some of the largest and most complex building and infrastructure projects. Clients look to us for start-to-end project consultancy ranging from feasibility study, master planning, detailed design, and project management through to delivery, which includes among other capabilities, construction supervision, and testing and commissioning.
Annually the Group consults on projects worth an estimated US$15 billion and ranks among the largest independent engineering consulting firms globally by revenue. Some of our key projects include Xintiandi (Mainland China); TAMAR Development (Hong Kong); Marina Bay Financial Centre (Singapore); MGM Grand Ho Tram Integrated Resort (Vietnam); The Dubai Mall (Dubai, UAE); Muscat International Airport (Oman); KL Central Station (Malaysia); and the Greater Bangalore Water Supply Distribution Network (India).
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