Arup appoints new global rail leader

8 February 2018

UK - Arup has appointed Tai Chong Chew as global rail leader to direct the firm’s global rail business. Chew will work closely with interim leader, Anna Squire to establish Arup’s rail business as the world leader in the sector.

"My focus will be helping our clients move beyond immediate project delivery, to considering the whole life-cycle of their rail infrastructure projects," Chew said. "Significant gains can be made by thinking about long-term asset maintenance and replacement from the outset. With the breadth of expertise available at Arup, we are well placed to deliver smart solutions that consider the whole-life perspective. ”

Chew joins Arup from Samsung Construction & Trading Corporation where he was president of global business operations, leading the firm’s transformation to an integrated, trusted Engineering, Procurement, and Construction company.

He has more than 40 years’ experience in delivering major railway infrastructure programmes around the world. While at the Land Transport Authority in Singapore, he delivered Asia’s first fully automated underground heavy metro system, the North East mass rapid transit line. Chew was responsible for all new railway projects in Hong Kong during his time at MTR Corporation, including the West Island Line and the fully automated South Island Line. During his time at Bombardier Transportation as head of mass transit in the UK, he was responsible for major projects including the London Underground Victoria Line upgrade.

Chew is a Fellow of a number of key institutions including the Royal Academy of Engineering; The Institution of Civil Engineers; the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences and the Hong Kong Institute of Directors.