New Vice President takes the reins at RIB CCS
Peter Damhuis has been appointed Vice President of RIB CCS, commencing 1 April 2022. With more than 25 years of industry related experience under his belt, his appointment brings continuity, deep industry knowledge and passion for the construction industry to the role.
Peter replaces CEO, Andrew Skudder, who has taken on a new role in the broader RIB organisation, as the RIB Group Chief Revenue Officer.
A qualified quantity surveyor and estimator, Peter spent many years at the construction coalface before being appointed commercial director of the buildings division at Murray & Roberts in 2008, a position he held until 2015 when he joined CCS SA as a business analyst.
Peter says when Andrew was appointed CEO of CCS in 2016, it was to help the business transition from a family-owned entrepreneurial operation to a corporate player. “My role is to ensure we continue to live our values of care, integrity, respect, accountability and commitment, and make sure our products and support services continue to demonstrate these values.”
And Peter knows all about the need for excellent customer support and service. “As a user of RIB CCS products while I was at Murray & Roberts, I knew I could pick up the phone at any time and an industry specialist would be on hand to assist me.”
“The importance of information is intrinsic to our toolset at RIB CCS and the software and services we offer. While digitisation and BIM may be buzzwords in some forums, to us they are indispensable to the future success of the construction industry. We make it our business to determine how to embrace these new ways of working and initiatives to develop our software that provides construction teams with the toolsets and information they require to make their tasks significantly more efficient,” he adds.
He says his passion for the industry relates to the construction industry being a source of progress. “Well considered and executed projects – such as roads, hospitals, schools, stadiums and many more – are social and economic enablers globally. “During my time in construction, I was always in awe of how a project metamorphosized – starting from nothing, quickly becoming a hive of activity with materials, people and equipment; and then transforming into a building or piece of infrastructure that was destined to become an integral part of meeting our society’s needs.”
Looking ahead, Peter says the business is excellently positioned to continue providing RIB CCS customers and the industry with fit for purpose solutions that make a difference to their operations. “In addition, the focus will be on opening up new business streams for our own business, which will in turn, offer meet the highly specific needs of our customers.