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Samir Yacoub Brikho FREng[1] (born 3 May 1958), is chairman of the board of EuroChem Group, a mineral fertilizer producer, and former chief executive of Amec Foster Wheeler, a consultancy, engineering, project management and construction management businesses.

Biography

Born in Beirut in 1958,[2] Brikho is Lebanese by birth but his family later moved to Sweden, where he holds citizenship. Brikho holds a Master of Science degree in Thermal Technology from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.[2] He is also a graduate of the Young Managers Programme at INSEAD[3] and the Senior Executive Programme at Stanford University.[3]

Brikho held various senior management positions at Asea and ABB Power Generation between 1983 and 2000, ultimately becoming a senior vice president and global managing director, steam turbines & generators, ABB Kraftwerke AG in Germany.[2] In 2000 he moved to Alstom, where he was chief international operations officer and senior vice-president, and CEO of Alstom Kraftwerke in Germany.[2]

In 2003 he became chief executive of ABB Lummus Global, and in 2005 he became a member of the group executive committee of ABB Ltd, head of the Power Systems Division at ABB Group.[2]

He went on to be chief executive of Amec Foster Wheeler (formerly Amec) in October 2006.[2] The company's share price rose from under 400 pence when he assumed the role of CEO in October 2006, to over 1,200 pence in June 2014.[4] He served until 18 January 2016 and was succeeded by Ian McHoul, the chief financial officer, on interim basis.[5][6]

On 19 December 2019, Eurochem Group, a producer and supplier of fertilizers and industrial products, announced that Brikho would be assuming the role of chairman of the board of directors, effective from 1 January 2020.[7]

Awards and commendations

On 16 October 2009, Brikho was presented with the Medal of Honour for Industrial Service by South Korean President Myung-bak Lee for his contributions to enhance economic competitiveness in Korea through successful completion of the Incheon Bridge project.[8]

Since being appointed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in February 2010, reconfirmed under David Cameron's coalition government, and again under Theresa May,[9] Brikho served as a UK Business Ambassador to support successive British Governments in promoting the UK's excellence internationally, until the programme's cancellation in December 2018.[10]

In July 2013 Mr Brikho was elected as a Fellow[1] of the Royal Academy of Engineering.[11] In June 2015, Brikho received an honorary doctorate from Cranfield University.[12]

Other affiliations

Brikho is chairman of Eurochem Group[7] and a non-executive director of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken.[13] He is a member of the advisory board of Stena AB.[14] Mr Brikho is the co-chair of the UK-UAE CEO Forum [15] and co-chair of the UK-Korea CEO Forum.[16] He was chairman of the Offshore Europe 2011 Conference, the largest upstream oil and gas event outside North America.[17]

Brikho was chairman and co-founder of the StepChange Foundation.[18] Brikho was the 2009 Chair of the World Economic Forum's Engineering and Construction Board, has held the role of chair of the World Economic Forum's Disaster Resource Partnership and is currently

Born in Beirut in 1958,[2] Brikho is Lebanese by birth but his family later moved to Sweden, where he holds citizenship. Brikho holds a Master of Science degree in Thermal Technology from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.[2] He is also a graduate of the Young Managers Programme at INSEAD[3] and the Senior Executive Programme at Stanford University.[3]

Brikho held various senior management positions at Asea and ABB Power Generation between 1983 and 2000, ultimately becoming a senior vice president and global managing director, steam turbines & generators, ABB Kraftwerke AG in Germany.[2] In 2000 he moved to Alstom, where he was chief international operations officer and senior vice-president, and CEO of Alstom Kraftwerke in Germany.[2]

In 2003 he became chief executive of ABB Lummus Global, and in 2005 he became a member of the group executive committee of ABB Ltd, head of the Power Systems Division at ABB Group.[2]

He went on to be chief executive of Amec Foster Wheeler (formerly Amec) in October 2006.[2] Th

Brikho held various senior management positions at Asea and ABB Power Generation between 1983 and 2000, ultimately becoming a senior vice president and global managing director, steam turbines & generators, ABB Kraftwerke AG in Germany.[2] In 2000 he moved to Alstom, where he was chief international operations officer and senior vice-president, and CEO of Alstom Kraftwerke in Germany.[2]

In 2003 he became chief executive of ABB Lummus Global, and in 2005 he became a member of the group executive committee of ABB Ltd, head of the Power Systems Division at ABB Group.[2]

He went on to be chief executive of Amec Foster Wheeler (formerly Amec) in October 2006.[2] The company's share price rose from under 400 pence when he assumed the role of CEO in October 2006, to over 1,200 pence in June 2014.[4] He served until 18 January 2016 and was succeeded by Ian McHoul, the chief financial officer, on interim basis.[5][6]

On 19 December 2019, Eurochem Group, a producer and supplier of fertilizers and industrial products, announced that Brikho would be assuming the role of chairman of the board of directors, effective from 1 January 2020.[7]

On 16 October 2009, Brikho was presented with the Medal of Honour for Industrial Service by South Korean President Myung-bak Lee for his contributions to enhance economic competitiveness in Korea through successful completion of the Incheon Bridge project.[8]

Since being appointed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in February 2010, reconfirmed under David Cameron's coalition government, and again under Theresa May,[9] Brikho served as a UK Business Ambassador to support successive British Governments in promoting th

Since being appointed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in February 2010, reconfirmed under David Cameron's coalition government, and again under Theresa May,[9] Brikho served as a UK Business Ambassador to support successive British Governments in promoting the UK's excellence internationally, until the programme's cancellation in December 2018.[10]

In July 2013 Mr Brikho was elected as a Fellow[1] of the Royal Academy of Engineering.[11] In June 2015, Brikho received an honorary doctorate from Cranfield University.[12]

Brikho is chairman of Eurochem Group[7] and a non-executive director of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken.[13] He is a member of the advisory board of Stena AB.[14] Mr Brikho is the co-chair of the UK-UAE CEO Forum [15] and co-chair of the UK-Korea CEO Forum.[16] He was chairman of the Offshore Europe 2011 Conference, the largest upstream oil and gas event outside North America.[17]

Brikho was chairman and co-founder of the StepChange Foundation.[18] Brikho was the 2009 Chair of the World Economic Forum's Engineering and Construction Board, has held the role of chair of the World Economic Forum's Disaster Resource Partnership

Brikho was chairman and co-founder of the StepChange Foundation.[18] Brikho was the 2009 Chair of the World Economic Forum's Engineering and Construction Board, has held the role of chair of the World Economic Forum's Disaster Resource Partnership and is currently co-chair of the World Economic Forum's Infrastructure & Urban Development Industries Committee.[19] Brikho was chair of the UK Energy Excellence Strategy Board,[20] from May 2008 to May 2010, which was tasked by the UK Government with demonstrating the UK's world-leading position in energy. Samir was also a director of the United Kingdom-Japan 21st Century Group,[21] a member of the advisory board of LIFE Lebanon[22] and a member of the advisory board of the School of Oriental and African Studies.[3] He is a founding member of the Palestine International Business Forum, a body formed to promote trade and business relations between Israeli and Palestinian private sectors and the International business community.[3]