Atlas appoints Sam Houston as CEO
Houston joined Atlas in 2015 as an Advisor to the board and became Chief Executive in April 2019. This followed 20 years in senior financial positions within the Jardine Matheson Group where he was responsible for financial and operational management of businesses in Asia, Europe and the USA. Houston will now lead Atlas through the firm’s next phase of growth.
Houston said, “I am delighted to be taking on this role at such an exciting time for our industry as new technologies are adopted throughout the asset lifecycle. Atlas is increasingly being recognised as a leader in the field of digital delivery. In the last two decades, Joe Woolf has built an organisation with R&D at its heart and I am delighted to work with such a talented team and bring our innovations to even more clients”.
Atlas has recently been appointed by Airport Authority Hong Kong to deliver a digital twin of its Terminal 1 building at Hong Kong International Airport to improve the efficiency of managing the terminal facility. Atlas’ R&D team also recently collaborated with developer Buildfore to create an app that allows users to navigate a BIM model using Xbox controllers. The firm has made five recent appointments in Australia and New Zealand to care for a growing pipeline of project work in the region and opened up a new office in Hong Kong.
Houston succeeds Atlas’ founder Joe Woolf, who has moved to the position of Chair of the Board of Directors.
Woolf welcomed Houston to the Board, “This appointment demonstrates our commitment to the evolution of Atlas Industries, staying ahead of global trends in technology, design and business leadership. Sam represents the ideal balance of ambition, technological understanding and experience of business operations. He has been an advisor to the board for four years and is familiar with the company, our services and our clients. Sam will work closely with the board and with our digital specialists to ensure we remain at the forefront of the digital design sector and retain our clients’ confidence as we help them deliver construction projects faster, safer and more efficiently.”