MARLTON, N.J., Jan. 31, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hill International (NYSE:HIL), the global leader in managing construction risk, announced today that it has restructured the senior management team of the international operations of its Construction Claims Group.
William Kennedy has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Managing Director responsible for Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Kennedy has over 37 years of experience in the building and civil engineering industries, the last 25 years of which have been predominantly in the Middle East and Far East. He earned his M.S. in project management at the National University of Singapore, his L.L.B. in law at Leeds Metropolitan University and his Diploma in Arbitration at the College of Estate Management. Kennedy is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
David Brodie-Stedman has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director for the Middle East and Africa. Brodie-Stedman has over 20 years of experience managing the preparation and defense of major time and cost claims across many industries. Specializing in strategic, innovative dispute management solutions for airports, and other highly complex mega-projects, he has been instrumental in establishing Hill as the dispute management consultant of choice across the Middle East. Brodie-Stedman earned his M.Sc. in quality engineering at the University of Newcastle and his B.Sc. in quantity surveying from Northumbria University.
Derek Nelson has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director for Asia. Nelson has over 25 years of experience in the construction and engineering industries. He specializes in the preparation, negotiation and settlement of construction claims, as well as dispute mitigation and avoidance. He has been called upon as a testifying expert witness in the areas of delay, disruption and quantum. In addition to being a chartered quantity surveyor and a chartered engineering surveyor, Nelson is a Fellow of a number of professional institutions. He earned a B.S. in quantity surveying from Edinburgh Napier University, a Post-Graduate Diploma in international commercial arbitration from the University of London and a Master of Laws in construction law from the University of Strathclyde.
Francesco Mastrandrea has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Europe, and Head of Expert Witness Services, International. Mastrandrea has 35 years of construction industry experience and is one of the world's foremost experts in his field, having testified on many substantial construction disputes involving project management, scheduling and quantum issues. He earned his LL.B. degree from the University of London and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in project management and the quantification of contractors' claims from the University of Reading.
Tobias I. Hunt will assume an expanded role as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for Hill with increased international responsibility. Hunt has over 15 years of experience in business development, operations and management. He has an honours degree in economics and geography from the University of Portsmouth and an M.B.A. from Warwick Business School.
David A. Price will assume an expanded role as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for Hill's subsidiary James R. Knowles, with increased international responsibility as well. Price has more than 20 years of experience in the strategic management and planning of resources necessary for execution of major claims and arbitrations and has worked on and managed commissions throughout Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Price has a B.Sc. (Honours) in quantity surveying from Liverpool Polytechnic and an LL.B. degree in law from John Moores University. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
"Asia represents a major growth market for Hill and we need proven leaders to help us achieve our objectives in the region," said Frederic Z. Samelian, PMP, President of Hill's Construction Claims Group. "I am confident that the team that helped us achieve unparalleled success in Europe and the Middle East will once again rise to this new challenge," Samelian added.
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