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Senior Director Completes Harvard Program

10 January 2013

Costain’s Alan Kay has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University, a high performance course which specialises in giving companies a competitive advantage by achieving operational excellence.

Alan completed the eight-week intensive course at the Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts in October, just before taking up his new role as Group Technical & Operations Director on the Executive Board.

The Advanced Management Program (AMP) explores the best management practices and latest strategies for sustaining a strategic advantage over the long-term.

While studying up to 250 business case studies, the AMP helps attendees understand the operational challenges and opportunities faced by companies, while also providing a framework for understanding the financial dimensions of competitive strategy.

In his new role, Alan will drive innovation and operational and engineering excellence across the Group in line with its Choosing Costain strategy, which has successfully focussed on providing innovative and cost effective solutions to increasingly complex and large-scale national needs.

The course also allows attendees to consider the role of business in society, which is central to Costain Cares, a Group-wide initiative aimed at building a long-term sustainable business that is more responsive - economically, socially and environmentally - to the needs of its stakeholders.

“Organisations succeed by optimizing their strategies and by innovating for the future. That philosophy epitomises Costain’s approach to running its business. The AMP course has given me new skills and insights that will help me drive innovation, performance and effective decision making across the organisation as part of my new role,” said Alan.