Costain drafts in new chief digital officer from Microsoft

Matthew Higham, chief digital officer, Costain

Costain has appointed former Microsoft UK chief digital officer Matthew Higham as its chief digital officer and a member of its executive board.

Higham will start work on 1 December 2021 and will work closely with the leadership team to further embed the use of digital technologies as part of meeting clients’ changing infrastructure needs.

Costain’s previous chief digital officer Nathan Marsh left the business in April and later joined Turner & Townsend.

At Microsoft, Higham led digital business transformation, advising the company’s customers on adapting their business models to maximise the benefit of digital technology across multiple industries, including infrastructure.

As well as nearly five years at Microsoft, his career includes stints at Gatwick Airport and McLaren Technology Group.

Alex Vaughan, chief executive officer at Costain, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Matthew to our team. He brings an impressive track record and his experience will enable us to accelerate the integration of digital technology in every solution we deliver to our clients, helping to maximise the productivity and efficiency of our nation’s infrastructure.”

Higham said: “Harnessing the power of technology to drive the shift needed in business operations for sustainable economic growth while empowering people to tackle some of the challenges ahead of us, is the key to future success. I’m looking forward to ensuring that digital is at the forefront of Costain’s service offering to our customers.”

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