There has been a rise in the number of women in power in the regional FM sector. We take a quick snapshot of those professionals featured in our Power 50 ranking as some of the most influential women in the FM sector
1.Anne Le Guennec, CEO, Enova (14th on the fmME Power 50 2017 ranking): Anne Le Guennec is well known in the FM sector and Enova reported a positive two digit growth in revenue in 2016, while just going over the 2,000 employee mark up from 1,978 in 2016 to 2,123 employees. Looking towards the future, Guennec says: Our top five contracts for the next 12 months are: Farah Experiences, DIFC, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Design District and the Sharjah International Airport. Enova has won new contracts across the Middle East Lebanon, Egypt, KSA and the UAE. The ESCO market in the UAE and in the entire region presents plenty of opportunity for the operators in the region, with a new vision and awareness towards sustainability and resources protection, Guennec says.
2.Sara Momtaz, Director, commercial and business development QBG FM (22nd on the fmME Power 50 2017 ranking): Qurum Business Groups facilities management (QBG FM) arm has worked on driving the integrated facilities management concept in Oman in 2017. The Sultanate is home turf for QBG, and Sara Momtaz believes there is a shift in perception towards FM in the country.The prevalent practice of single-service offering is giving way to an integrated approach towards FM in Oman, and the government is playing a role in making that push, Momtaz told fmME earlier this year.
3.Jennifer L. Peltenburg, FM Director UAE, Khansaheb Group (27th on the fmME Power 50 2017 ranking): New to the list, Jennifer L. Peltenburg has overseen Khansaheb Group surpass its revenue expectations for 2017. The group forecasted $29.7m (AED109m) in revenue for 2017 up from $23.7m (AED87m) in 2016 but managed to secure 34.57m (AED127m) signifying a 44% growth in revenue.Khansaheb FM also new to the fmME Power 50 has been working in the Middle East for the last eight years. From its commencement of services in 2008, the team has grown to approximately 1,200 staff members, consisting of MEP technicians, soft services and support service personnel.Peltenburg has been highly influential in growing Khasaheb FMs one-stop shop capabilities. Prior to being appointed to her current role, Peltenburg served as director of sales and marketing for Interserve FM.
4.Malika Faheema Bhatti, General manager ECC General Maintenance (28th on the fmME Power 50 2017 ranking): Malika Bhatti is another new entrant in this years fmME power list, but she is by no means a stranger to the regional FM sector.Bhatti served as the TFM manager at Farnek before she took over the role of general manager of ECC GM. She is looking at shaping the fortunes of the firm, and position ECC GM as a leading FM operator, she says.
5. Alida Scholtz, CEO and MD, G4S (48th on the fmME Power 50 2017 ranking): Following her appointment as MD and CEO of G4S in 2016, Alida Scholtz has overseen the growth of G4S in recent months. At the FM Expo 2017, the integrated facilities management service provider announced the launch of its new B2C service. It was also announced that the firm synonymous with offering security services is working to build on its reputation as an IFM service provider.
6.Louise Mackay, General manager, Rentokil (50th on the fmME Power 50 2017 ranking): Renotkil's revenues for 2015 was $7.3m and it increased to $9.2m in 2016. The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Turkey continue to remain important markets of growth for the British-founded firm.For the future, Louise Mackay says the firm has shifted towards a technological and environmental approach in its operations. We have adopted an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. Integrated pest management programmes use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment, she says.