OREANDA-NEWS. Exova, the global testing, calibration and advisory services provider, has promoted Matt Davies to the position of managing director for its Middle East, Asia and Asia Pacific (MEAAP) region.

Matt joined Exova in December 2013 as finance director for the MEAAP region and his promotion reflects the impact he has made on the business by delivering growth through effective and innovative financial and commercial leadership. 

Prior to joining Exova, Matt was group chief financial officer for international security systems and risk management consultancy, Olive Group, where he was instrumental in doubling the size of the business over a three year period.  In a career spanning over 17 years working with global companies, including a number of years in the Middle East, he has also held senior commercial finance positions with G4S, Armor Group and British Telecom.

Matt succeeds Hicham Abdallah who played a critical role in returning the MEAAP region to growth and extending the reach of the business into new territories including India and Malaysia.

Ian El-Mokadem, Chief Executive Officer of Exova, said: "Matt has played an invaluable role in providing senior counsel and support to our team and his promotion ensures leadership continuity for our MEAAP business. I am delighted to welcome him to our Group Executive Committee where his skills and market knowledge will be key in helping us realise our growth ambitions".

In his new position Matt will have responsibility for 11 specialist laboratories and over 1,000 experts across the region providing specialist testing and advisory services to leading organisations in the oil & gas, environmental, infrastructure and health sciences sectors.