Paul Doherty and Kenneth Gavin, Principals of Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions Ltd (GDG), one of Ireland’s leading specialist Geotechnical Engineering Consultants have just announced the appointment of John R Bowen as Chairman of the Board of the Company.
A Chartered Civil Engineer with extensive experience in leading and managing businesses in Ireland and the UK, John Bowen was, up to 2011, Chairman and CEO of the Bowen Group, one of Ireland’s leading building and civil engineering contractors. He oversaw the growth of that business from revenues of €30M to some €300M and was a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year programme in 2004.
His earlier career included working with a firm of consulting engineers, management consulting with one of the major international names, as well as two separate periods in building contracting and/or property development in the UK.
He holds a Civil Engineering degree from UCC and a Master in Business Administration from Warwick Business School. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland and is also a Chartered Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in London. He is currently the Principal of BowenConsult, and undertakes roles as mentor, advisor, advocate, consultant and non-executive Chairman for a variety of companies and organisations. He is also an accredited Mediator.
John Bowen observed that “the commitment of GDG to the provision of innovative and practical solutions to challenging geotechnical engineering issues in a global marketplace makes this a very exciting company to be involved with. I look forward to working with Paul, Ken and their colleagues in the years ahead to realise the huge potential in this business”.
Announcing the appointment Paul Doherty, Managing Director of GDG said “As a highly ambitious company, GDG is delighted that a respected figure of such industry seniority as John Bowen had accepted the appointment as Chairman. The timing of John Bowens appointment coincides with a time of extensive growth in the company, with GDG recently announcing the opening of offices in Edinburgh and Belfast, which complement the existing resources based in Dublin and London.”