Samir's biography

“AMEC’s people are our most important asset. It is the skills of our people that our customers value; in particular, our ability to deliver complex projects safely, on time and on budget.”

Samir Brikho, Chief Executive

Samir's biography

Samir Brikho
Chief Executive

Appointed Chief Executive of AMEC plc in October 2006, Samir has led the transformation of AMEC into the leading supplier of high-value consultancy, engineering and project management services to the world's oil and gas, minerals and metals, clean energy, environment and infrastructure markets. Prior to his role at AMEC, Brikho was a member of the Group Executive Committee of ABB Ltd, Switzerland, Head of the Power Systems Division and Chairman of ABB Lummus Global.

Mr Brikho joined ABB in 1983, and for 10 years led sales in a range of world markets, rising to Senior Vice President and MD of ABB Kraftwerke in 1995. In 1999, he became CEO of ABB Alstom Kraftwerke, moving to head the international operations of Alstom Power in 2000.

He is a director of the United Kingdom-Japan 21st Century Group. He currently sits on the Advisory Board of Stena AB. He is co-chair of the UK-UAE CEO Forum. He also chaired Offshore Europe in 2011 and the World Economic Forum's Engineering and Construction Board in 2009. From May 2008 to May 2010, he held the position of chair of UK Energy Excellence from, a strategy board tasked by the UK Government with demonstrating the UK’s world-leading position in energy. In February 2010 Samir was appointed a UK Business Ambassador by the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and continues to serve in this capacity under David Cameron’s government.

Samir was appointed as an independent non-executive director of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (SEB) at their Annual General Meeting held on 21 March 2013.

Samir was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering on 25 July 2013.

Samir Brikho holds an engineering degree, Master of Science in Thermal Technology from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and completed the YMP Program at Insead in France in 1991. He completed a Senior Executive Programme, Stanford, US in 2000. He speaks Swedish, Arabic, English, German and French fluently.

Career history

  • 2006 to present: Chief Executive, AMEC plc
  • 2006: Head of Division, Power Systems; Member of the Group Executive Committee of ABB Ltd, Switzerland; Chairman of ABB Lummus Global
  • 2003-2006: CEO of ABB Lummus Global, Switzerland
  • 2000-2003: Senior management roles at Alstom in Belgium, France and Germany
  • 1983-1999: Various senior positions at Asea and ABB in Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Dubai,  Switzerland and Germany

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