KEO International Consultants, a leading planning, design, engineering and project management firm announced today that Abdol Hagh, PhD has been appointed as their first ever Chief Operating Officer. This is a new position at KEO and one that is strategic to its determination to significantly impact and increase the managerial and technical strengths of the firm. As the new COO, Abdol Hagh will also be a catalyst for setting direction for the firm and as part of their Executive Leadership Board that runs the business from policy setting to strategic planning and decision making on all operations.
Reporting to the President and CEO, Donna Sultan, Mr. Hagh will be fully responsible for leading the design related business in KEO, which includes the delivery of all architectural, engineering, planning and landscape architecture services. He also will have a far reaching role in business development in all of KEO’s markets and with mission focused on winning and delivering major projects, to grow and expand KEO into new markets and new services.
"Abdol Hagh is one of our industries most accomplished professionals. " said Donna Sultan, President and CEO of KEO. "His appointment is a very important move that KEO has taken to provide sharp and significant depth to its organizational capabilities. I look forward to working with Abdol and to his leadership serving our clients with passion and providing mentoring to our people in working together as the leading consultancy firm."
Mr. Hagh has 35 years of industry experience. Prior to joining KEO, Mr. Hagh spent 8 years with AECOM in very high profile positions, the last one as Senior Vice President, North America Buildings Engineering with P/L responsibility for revenues the entire country. Prior to that he was their Senior Vice President for Specialty Projects which had him be directly involved in the design, construction and implementation of quality assurance/quality control of major, internationally recognized infrastructure projects both in the US and Middle East. This included being Project Director of the Riyadh Metro project, a $30 billion design and construct program. His career previously including 25 years with Weidlinger Associates where he rose to being its Managing Director for 7 years with full P/L responsibilities.
He is widely regarded in his field of expertise as a structural engineer and has published numerous technical papers and has been a lecturer at both at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northeastern University. He holds a Master of Science in Engineering from MIT and a PhD in engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, USA.
Speaking about his joining of KEO, Abdol Hagh stated “I have always believed that ‘Technical Excellence’ and ‘Profitable Growth’ must have equal level of importance within a large multidisciplinary organization. And, this view is well aligned with the operating philosophy of KEO. He added that “Attention to our employees, their professional growth and technical achievements, is a must for any large multidisciplinary firm. Our profession often falls short in that area. This will be one of my big areas of focus in this exciting new position as KEO’s COO.”
“The opportunities lying ahead of us, in this part of the world, are enormous. So are the risks. We need to focus our attention to deliver creative, innovative and timely solutions that our clients demand of us. This is the key to our success.” Stated Abdol Hagh.
“With Abdol, we have both a highly experienced operational leader in the delivery of consultancy services but also someone with an impressive background and exceptional professional achievements. His commitment to strong team building suited fitted well into KEO’s vision of acquiring, promoting and maintaining a highly motivated environment for all our staff.” Sultan added.
This announcement is coupled with news that Donna Sultan has been named as President and Chief Executive Officer of KEO.