• Lighthouse Club International appoints Honorary President Nicolas Borit

    29 May 2018

    The Chairman and Committee of Lighthouse Club International (LHCI) were delighted when Mr Nicolas Borit, Chief Executive of Bouygues Batiment International, accepted in January this year their invitation to be LHCI’s first Honorary President to serve for a two-year term.

    For those who do not know him, Nicolas has been working for Bouygues Construction, the parent company of Bouygues Bâtiment International and Dragages Hong Kong Limited since he graduated with an MBA from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Rouen, France in 1990. Bouygues Construction is a French leader in the building, civil works, electrical contracting and maintenance sectors.

    The Bouygues Group operates in some 80 countries, generating €12 billion sales in 2016. He is currently C.E.O. of Bouygues Bâtiment International, a global player offering its expertise in all kinds of building projects and operating in 25 countries. He is therefore the ideal ambassador to lead the Lighthouse Club in its development internationally.

    Nicolas started his career in France in 1990 and was primarily responsible for business development in the Paris region. He then joined Bouygues Bâtiment International in Ivory Coast from 1995 to 1998 where he oversaw business development in West African countries.

    Nicolas has been based in Asia since the handover of Hong Kong to China. In 1998, he joined Rinaldi Structal, a curtain wall and façade contractor subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, as General Manager for Asia. He then joined Dragages Hong Kong Limited in 2001 to oversee business development in Hong Kong and neighbouring countries in Asia and steered the project development and the set-up of AsiaWorld-Expo, a major PPP in Hong Kong. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the management company from 2003 to 2007 and continues to be its Chairman from 2007.

    In 2007 he was appointed Managing Director of Dragages Hong Kong and Chief Executive Officer Asia Pacific of Bouygues Bâtiment International and Chairman of Dragages Hong Kong in 2015, overseeing all operations in the Asia region in countries such as Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Australia, Philippines, where the Lighthouse Club has a strong and growing membership, in addition to Hong Kong.

    For Nicolas, the safety and welfare of employees, not just within Bouygues but in every construction-related company, is of paramount  importance and this is where he is aligned closely with the Lighthouse Club in its aims of fellowship, charity and learning. For many years, Nicolas has been a dedicated supporter of the Lighthouse Club in Hong Kong, particularly in respect of its work in encouraging good safety practices on construction sites through its various safety awards and conferences on the management of risk through safer designs and construction methods and proactive project management.

    It is through its promotion of construction site safety that Nicolas sees the Lighthouse Club’s growth worldwide. Lighthouse Club International will be all the richer for his ambassadorship as, in his current role, he will travel the globe and be the motivator behind the recruitment of many new members and the formation of new branches of the Club around the world, assisted, of course, by the LHCI committee.


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