By Marc Stiles – Staff Writer, Puget Sound Business Journal

Los Angeles-based international project management and cost consultancy Cumming on Tuesday said its new chief operating officer, Finlay McLay, will be based in Seattle along with the company’s CEO, David Baird.

“Finlay and David Baird will both be in Seattle so they can work side-by-side to lead the next chapter together,” a company spokesperson said. “Seattle is a big growth market for us.”

The press release announcing McLay’s hiring adds he will support Baird as they “guide the construction consultancy through its highly anticipated next chapter of internal innovation and upcoming geographic expansions.”

Cumming opened six years ago in Seattle, where it has 80 employees and is hiring for “various project management and cost management roles,” the spokesperson said.

As part of a succession plan, Cumming promoted Baird from COO to CEO earlier this year.

A 30-plus year industry veteran, McLay most recently held an executive role at SNC-Lavalin, and previously was Americas Region president at Rider Hunt International. He is originally from the United Kingdom, and has worked in Southeast Asia, South America and North America.

Founder Finlay Cumming will move on to his new role as executive chairman. (It’s a coincidence that both men’s first name is Finlay.)

Cumming’s portfolio also includes aviation, culture, data center, hospitality, life sciences, manufacturing, public works and retail, with a total of more than $600 billion in project value. The company has 900 employees in 30 U.S. and four U.K. offices.