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New Appointments in Facilities Management – August 2022

New Appointments in Facilities Management – August 2022
25 August 2022

Read all about the latest new appointments in the world of FM, commercial real estate and the built environment, including appointments at The National Institute of Building Sciences, Infogrid and Inviron.



Picture: a graphic showing headshots of Ani Abrahamian, Andy Voase and AC Powell


Infogrid Appoints Ani Abrahamian as CTO


Infogrid has announced the appointment of Ani Abrahamian as the company’s new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and interim Chief Product Officer (CPO). Ani is the latest senior executive to be recruited as the business enters a new phase of growth, boosted by its recent global rebrand and ongoing mission to make every building more efficient, sustainable and healthier through smart technologies. 

Ani brings a breadth of leadership experience in building and scaling successful global technology companies over the last 20 years. She joins Infogrid following three and a half years at Procore Technologies serving as SVP of Engineering. At Procore, Ani oversaw global engineering efforts to support the scale and growth of the engineering organisation, eventually leading to the company’s IPO in 2021. Prior to Procore Technologies, Ani held various leadership positions at Salesforce for over 13 years, where she played an instrumental role in developing and scaling the business’s mobile applications and products.  

Ani Abrahamian, Infogrid CTO and interim CPO, said: “I’m delighted to join Infogrid during such a transformational time for the company. I am attracted to mission driven companies, and working with like-minded, driven individuals towards a collective vision - I couldn’t have found a better fit than Infogrid, with its mission to make the built environment more sustainable. As a builder by nature, scaling and nurturing engineering organisations is what really excites me, so I am looking forward to driving the next phase of Infogrid’s technology evolution and helping to change the face of building intelligence.”

Ani will work closely with other members of the C-suite team to drive the company’s growth, spearheading Infogrid’s tech function and strengthening its product portfolio. She is based in California, USA where she lives with her husband and two children. Ani’s daughter, who will be studying Environmental Science in the fall, influenced her search for a company with a sustainability focused mission.


Inviron Accelerates its Public Sector Offering With New Board Appointment


Technical facilities service company Inviron have appointed Andy Voase to the role of Executive Director – Head of Public Sector.

Reporting directly to Noel Clancy (Managing Director) Andy has joined the Inviron Board and will play a critical role in driving service excellence across their Public Sector contracts. Having previously spent 20 years in the army and the last 12 years within the FM industry, Andy brings a wealth of experience in working with education, justice, health and central government customers. This newly created role further builds on the Inviron strategy and follows significant growth within the Public sector markets.

Andy commented: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my first few months with Inviron. The company has some fantastic systems and people who are utterly committed to their customers. My focus in the coming months is to harness this passion to ensure we deliver service excellence to our end users and help them drive their agendas, which are increasingly focused on building availability and carbon net zero. I am hugely looking forward to being part of the Inviron journey.


National Institute of Building Sciences Names New CEO AC Powell


The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Board of Directors has announced the selection of AC Powell, JD, CPS, as the new President and CEO. Powell officially joins NIBS on 12 September, 2022.

Powell comes with extensive leadership in the built environment, most recently serving for nearly five years as Executive Director and CEO of the Washington, DC-based Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE). AFE convenes professionals who ensure the optimal operation of high-rise commercial real estate, industrial plants, government facilities, higher education campuses, and medical centres.

Powell also has a deep background in education, working with the Prince William County (Virginia) school system. He currently serves as an adjunct professor with Stratford University, teaching courses on business law, business ethics, and competition and innovation.

“AC Powell’s experience, dynamic people skills, and enthusiasm for NIBS’ mission make him a great choice for this leadership role,” said Board Chair, Anne Ellis, P.E., Hon.M.ACI, F.ASCE, M.NAC. “We are thrilled to bring him on board. AC will guide the National Institute of Building Sciences into this next chapter, convening and collaborating with the building industry and public and private sectors in our collective efforts to prepare the nation’s built environment for the 21st century and beyond.”


Bidvest Noonan Promotes Susan Howard to Operations Director for its Healthcare Division in Ireland


Bidvest Noonan has strengthened its Irish senior management team with the recent promotion of Susan Howard to Operations Director for Healthcare.

Howard, who joined the firm in 2003, has deep expertise and knowledge of the healthcare sector and will enhance the service and value delivered to clients. In her new role, Howard takes ownership of Bidvest Noonan’s national healthcare portfolio in Ireland, covering both cleaning and security services.

Speaking on her promotion, Howard said: “I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to lead our healthcare operations for our business in Ireland. I look forward to building on the platform the business has created in recent years, and ensuring we have the expertise available to support all of our clients.”

Managing Director, Anthony Harman commented: “I am delighted that Susan has took up the role as Operations Director for our healthcare division. The need for a clean and safe environment in the healthcare sector is more important than ever before, and I have no doubt Susan is the right person to lead both our cleaning and security teams. With an experienced team around her, and long-standing relationships with clients across Ireland, I have no doubt her tenure will be a success.”

The appointment follows Bidvest Noonan’s ongoing investment in its healthcare operations. Last year, the organisation appointed Emma Power as its Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) Specialist to further develop its subject matter expertise in the sector.


Arcus FM Strengthens Its Business Development Team


Arcus FM has made two new appointments strengthening its Business Development team. Robert Lynch has been appointed as Arcus’ Sales Director. Robert joined the company at the start of May and has brought with him over 20 years' experience in FM, leading operational and sales teams in both hard services and total facilities management. 

In this newly created role, Robert will be leading the business development team for Arcus. With an initial focus on making more and more customers aware of the outstanding capabilities of Arcus FM's operations and technology teams and the impact these could have on their current FM operation. Whether it is optimising FM spend, delivering on the net zero commitments, or reducing utility bills, our teams have proven solutions that we can implement. 

Robert said, "One of the things I love about Arcus is the way it has truly integrated sensor technology into the way FM is delivered. Joining a business that is at the leading edge deploying technology to achieve outstanding FM, coupled with a great culture, is incredibly exciting to be part of."

At the start of April, Arcus also added Jillian Archibald as Business Development Director. Jillian comes from a strong background in facilities management having nearly 20 years of expertise within the soft services industry, focusing on cleaning, security and associated services, having built influential relationships securing businesses with large corporate clients and market leaders within the manufacturing, transport, public and education sectors.  

Jillian said, "I am extremely excited about joining Arcus FM and being part of the five-year growth strategy developing our business partnerships both organically with existing clients and new partnerships across the retail and commercial market sector. 

"In my first weeks with Arcus, I have met many influential and enthusiastic people who have all shown the same passion, commitment, and desire to continue to grow our business and deliver a winning solution for our clients through innovation and technology. I am a great believer that success comes from doing what you say you will and together, through collaboration and openness, I feel we can make a difference in the FM world through continuing to deliver exceptional services to our clients and delivering Arcus growth plans into the future."


Other New Appointments in August 2022 Include:


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Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 25 August 2022


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