Leighton Asia, India & Offshore has appointed Ian Edwards as its new managing director, to succeed Bob Cooke who has been acting in the role since August 2011.

Ian Edwards will be responsible for leading the Leighton group’s largest international subsidiary. He was previously the company’s executive general manager of its Hong Kong, Macau, China and Taiwan operations.

He has more than 30 years experience delivering complex infrastructure projects in Europe and Asia, joining Leighton Asia in 2008, where he has championed safety in the Asian construction market.

Leighton Holding’s chief executive officer Hamish Tyrwhitt says it’s exciting to have someone of Ian Edwards’ calibre take the helm. “Ian has transformed the business under his responsibility, bringing a clear focus on winning and delivering high quality projects and building a culture of performance focus, care and concern for people and loyalty to and respect for Leighton values.

“He has taken the Hong Kong and Macau business unit of Leighton Asia from a turnover of Aus$248 million in 2007 to more than Aus$700 million in 2012, and work in hand from around Aus$400 million in 2007 to Aus$1.7 billion in 2011,” says Hamish Tyrwhitt.

Ian Edwards says he’s looking forward to the broader management role with Leighton Asia. “I’m excited by the challenges that this role presents and I look forward to sustaining and further developing the strong performances that we have achieved from the Leighton Asia, India & Offshore business in recent years.”

Leighton Asia, which is wholly-owned by Australia’s Leighton group, set up its headquarters in Hong Kong in 1975 and is now one of the region’s leading construction and mining service providers.

The company has thanked Bob Cooke for relieving in the position. He will now relocate to Australia.


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