Tom Blades is a straight talker. The new chief executive of Bilfinger introduced himself in telegram style during a press conference on the company’s semi-annual figures: “An Englishman born in Hamburg, studied in Salford, U.K., and Lyon.”
He also said that he had spent many years working at Schlumberger, then at Siemens and most recently at Linde.
Mr. Blades, who has headed Mannheim-based Bilfinger since July, left no doubt that he supports the strategy of his predecessors. “I believe the development of Bilfinger from a construction company into an industrial services provider is the right approach,” he said.