Wolfgang Goetsch, the managing director and chief executive officer of Julius Berger Nigeria plc., the country’s biggest and most successful construction company, has won the highly rated award for professional excellence by the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB).
At the International Conference Centre in Abuja, Friday, he was conferred with the award at a ceremony marking the investiture of NIOB 20th president. The Institute was founded in 1967.
Zubairu Ibrahim Bayi, Julius Berger’s executive director, administration, who is also a Fellow of the NIOB, along with other senior executives of the company, received the award on behalf of Goetsch, who was unavoidably absent at the ceremony.
Bayi, who was full of appreciation, thanked the president and the council of the NIOB for the honour and recognition conferred on Goetsch, promising that the company, as always, would continue to be a pride to the construction and built environment in Nigeria.
Kenneth Nnabuife Nduka, president of NIOB, said Goetsch was chosen on his professional merit for the honour due to his relentless and strong commitment to championing qualitative, solid and efficient project and service delivery in the construction and built environment in Nigeria.
Goetsch is an Austrian national and holds the equivalent of a master of engineering degree in civil engineering from the Technical University, Innsbruck, Austria. He is described as an erudite scholar with a quality-driven professional engineering practice. He is also widely acknowledged in the construction sector as a solution-oriented management expert.
Goetsch started work in Julius Berger Nigeria Plc in 1991 and became a director on the board of the company. He was later appointed the managing director of the company in October 2007. He held this position until June 30, 2014, but remained on the board as non-executive director of the company from July 1, 2014.
He was re-appointed managing director on July 23, 2016. Goetsch is a member, Nigeria Society of Engineers and member, The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN). He is also a proud member of the Nigerian Institute of Building.