Business Leader to become Aberdeen Business School Professor

ONE of the north-east’s most influential businessmen is to tutor corporate leaders of the future when he becomes an Honorary Professor at Aberdeen Business School (ABS) at Robert Gordon University.

Neil Bruce, 49, is Chief Operating Officer, Natural Resources and Power & Process at AMEC, the international engineering and project management company, which has revenues of more than £2.6billion and employs almost 22,000 people in around 40 countries worldwide.

He has more than 25 years experience of the oil and gas industry and has been with AMEC since 1997, becoming COO of the organisation’s Natural Resources business in 2006 and COO of its Power & Process business this month. He is also an Executive Director of AMEC plc.

He is a member of the International Oil and Gas Business Advisory Board and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, where he recently won an award for developing young people.He will deliver lectures to Aberdeen Business School students on leadership and management from January.

Neil said, 'I am proud to have been given this honorary professorship, which I see as a symbol both of the excellent long-term relationship AMEC has with RGU, and of my long-held belief in developing people. The development opportunities I myself have been given have been fundamental to my career. I now hope to help others in the same way.

ABS Dean Rita Marcella said: 'We are delighted to welcome Neil as an honorary professor. His knowledge of leadership and business growth and development will be invaluable to the students. His career is a shining example of how hard work and talent can get you to the top and his contribution to the development of AMEC from an essentially UK-focused business to a major international player can not be overstated.

'We are fortunate at ABS to have a relationship with major business figures such as Neil and our students can only benefit enormously from his expertise.'

Leadership is core to many courses at ABS, at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and ABS is one of the largest providers of management education in the UK. It has more than 5,000 students and 300 staff. Robert Gordon University is one of the top universities for graduate employment in the UK.

Photos and further information can be obtained from Jean Dey at Aberdeen Business School on 01224 263550.