David Gangell

Construction Materials MD - Seasoned Construction Industry Leader | Strategic Visionary Driving Growth & Operational Excellence | Expert in Transformative Partnerships & Team Development

Sector: Construction

Member Since, May 2, 2024

Open To Work

  • I am open to relocating to
  • I am open to working remotely Yes
  • I am open to being contacted by employers and recruiters Yes

About Me

With over 20 years of global experience in the broader construction industry from construction materials (aggregates, cement, concrete and asphalt), to logistics and road contracting (asphalt and civil), spanning both private and public sectors. I am a seasoned and dynamic management professional who graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Tasmania.

My core competencies include formulating and executing business strategies, managing the P&L, pursuing new business prospects, overseeing the budgeting process, executing cost controls, ensuring financial performance, ensuring adherence to local laws and regulations, and cultivating relationships with key stakeholders.

I am also skilled in delivering innovative and sustainable products, services, and solutions that create value for our clients, partners, and stakeholders, while ensuring the highest standards of safety, quality, and environmental responsibility.

As a diplomatic leader, I inspire and empower my team through collaboration and leading by example. I am passionate about fostering a culture of excellence, learning, and team spirit within my diverse and talented team.

I am an analytical thinker, able to break down complex problems and deliver optimal results. I have a proven track record of surpassing targets and delivering projects on time, within budget, and in accordance with established standards.

I am always looking for new challenges and opportunities to grow and innovate in my field of expertise. I am driven by my mission to enhance the quality of life and mobility of people through building materials and road infrastructure.


  • Bachelor of Engineering, Civil & Structural Engineering (1985 - 1989) University of Tasmania

    Grade: Honours 2nd Class

  • Higher School Certificate (1983 - 1984) Elizabeth Matriculation College

  • High School Diploma (1980 - 1983) St Virgils College

Work & Experience

  • COLAS Middle East (2017 - Present ) Country Managing Director - UAE

    Activity: Construction Materials (quarry products, asphalt) and road infrastructure (asphalt contracting). Key Responsibilities: • Formulate and execute business strategies to foster sustainable growth. • Full P&L responsibility - business development, sales, operations, HR, finance and employee well-being. • Pursue new business prospects spanning both private and public sectors. • Oversee the budgeting process, execute cost controls, and manage the financial performance of construction projects to attain profitability objectives. • Ensure adherence to local construction laws, regulations, and safety standards. Cultivate relationships with key stakeholders, including government authorities, suppliers, and subcontractors. • Stay attuned to market trends, competitor activities, and industry developments to identify opportunities and address challenges. • Embed collaborative and results-driven work environment, fostering professional growth among team members. Achievements: • Business Development - Successfully led prominent projects, such as the Yas Marina F1 circuit upgrade, demonstrating stakeholder management and project management excellence; secured substantial projects, including an AED 94M project with Gunal for RTA’s Dubai Al Ain Road, highlighting business development acumen; and established the first contract with China State for asphalt, valued at AED 37M. • Crisis Management - Navigated the company through the complexities of the Covid-19 pandemic, showcasing crisis management skills. • Strategic and Team Leadership - Orchestrated the liquidation of the Oman quarry, surpassing cash target by 50% at AED 48M; executed strategic collaborations, such as a partnership with RTA Dubai, focusing on innovation and knowledge exchange. • Operational Excellence – led strategic review and reset of Shawkah Quarry business unit with a turnaround of AED 14M loss to profitability within 2 years. • Awarded Colas’ Best International Business for 2017.

  • Unibeton Ready Mix | Leading Through Innovation (2015 - 2017 ) General Manager - UAE

    Activity: Ready-mix concrete and pumping services Key Responsibilities: • Implemented the overarching strategic vision and mission for the construction business in alignment with corporate objectives. • Provide oversight for the financial performance of the ready-mix concrete business, ensuring growth in revenue, effective cost control, and sustained profitability. • Ensure superior levels of customer satisfaction by delivering projects on time, within budget, and in accordance with established quality standards. • Negotiate and finalized contracts with clients, suppliers, and subcontractors. • Conducted thorough analyses of key performance indicators (KPIs) to evaluate the effectiveness of construction operations. • Recognized opportunities for process improvement and applied best practices to enhance operational efficiency. Achievements: • Led the team to productively supply 19,973 m3 of concrete in Sep 2016, breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest single continuous concrete pour. • Achieved a 9% reduction in raw materials cost unit, representing 68% of the operating cost base. • Improved customer satisfaction from 75% to 85% YoY. • Accomplished substantial revenue growth of 15% to AED 880M in a zero-growth market.

  • Readymix Holdings International (2013 - 2015 ) Group Managing Director

    Readymix is a second generation family business and a leading building materials company in South East Asia involved in pre-mixed concrete production, cement manufacturing, aggregate quarrying, precast pile manufacturing and waste recycling in the form of alternative fuels. Readymix’s concrete operations are in Brunei and Vietnam, with the head office located in Singapore. KEY CHALLENGES:  Build on historical returns from the Brunei business.  Expand business activities in Brunei into Logistics to compete with traders forward integrating into concrete production.  Develop and Execute market exit and business closure for the Vietnam business.  Explore business expansion opportunities within emerging markets in Asia. ACHIEVEMENTS:  Brunei - Successfully implemented both aggregate and fly ash import strategy complete with trading arm to better support the business needs and reduce reliance on third parties.  Brunei - Achieved one year lost time injury (LTI) free in Aug 2016 after the company had 12 LTIs in the preceding 18 months.  Vietnam – Executed the market exit plan on time and delivering the key project deliverables to the Shareholders – sales of all assets, settlement of key creditor’s debt (namely government and major suppliers) and return of free cash to Singapore.

  • Readymix Holdings International (2011 - 2015 ) General Director

    Readymix is a second generation family business and a leading building materials company in South East Asia involved in pre-mixed concrete production, cement manufacturing, aggregate quarrying, precast pile manufacturing and waste recycling in the form of alternative fuels. Readymix’s concrete operations are in Brunei and Vietnam, with the head office located in Singapore. This position was responsible for making all decisions relating to the day-to-day business operation of the Company not requiring resolutions of the Shareholders or Board of Management. ACHIEVEMENTS:  Catalyst for Change - Uncovered an internal fraud (est. value >USD 1.5M) resulting in; termination of 75% of the Management Team, successfully defending a case lodged by these managers and forging partnerships with new key suppliers.  Leadership - Rebuilt Management Team (Financial Controller, HR and Operations Manager) all of whom are committed to the “Values” and “Code of Conduct”.  Morale – Through open and honest communication, guided the company through a very difficult period (fallout from the internal fraud, market downturn impact, etc).  Productivity – Headcount reduced by >30% and implemented key process reviews.  Risk Management – tightened credit and supply policy to limit risk of write-offs.  Compliance – obtained all permits and licences for environmental compliance  P&L – reduced unit raw materials costs by 20%; reduced fixed costs by 15%; increased gross margin from 23% to 32%

  • Holcim (2009 - 2011 ) Director of Sales and Marketing

    Director of Sales and Marketing at Holcim (Hungary). Responsible for: - Euro 150 million revenue - cement, aggregates, concrete - Sales and Marketing activities - Logistics - outbound (cement, aggregates, concrete) and inbound (cement raw materials, aggregates) - Business Development - Back Office Administration - invoicing, collections and credit management - Technical Marketing - product development, client services and application conulting

  • Holcim (2007 - 2009 ) Director of Ready-Mixed Concrete

    Director of Holcim Hungary\'s Ready-Mixed Concrete Business Unit. During my time in this position, my key successes were: - restructuring the sales and operational organisation - revamping the copmpensation system - growing the business by 6% - full acquisition of 2 joint venture concrete businesses

  • Holcim (2006 - 2007 ) Head of Ready Mixed Concrete Operational Excellence

    During my time as the Head of RMX Operational Excellence globally for Holcim at HGRS (Holcim Group Support - providing professional services to ready-mixed concrete companies of Holcim Ltd in more than 40 countries worldwide). During this time, my key responsibilities were the Concrete Operational Review (COR) portfolio of services and assessments of potential markets for Holcim to expand their conrete network. COR\'s are customised reviews of the production, distribution, commercial, quality and management functions of an organisation withe objectives of identifying operational improvements, financial improvements and knowledge sharing.

  • Holcim (2003 - 2006 ) GM of Operations - RMC & Aggregates

    As the GM of Operations for PT Holcim Beton, a ready-mixed concrete and aggregates company in Indonesia, I have demonstrated leadership and applied the full application of general management skills in the areas of business development, concrete and aggregates production, sales & marketing and employee development to achieve performance and revenue targets.

  • Hanson Australia (2000 - 2003 ) Regional Sales & Marketing Manager - Qld/NT

    HIGHLIGHTS: Effective in the day-to-day strategic planning, development and implementation of sales and marketing programs to develop on an annual turnover of $120M+, through the sales of concrete and quarry products Recruit, train, develop and lead technical and sales teams, delegating through Sales Managers, a Technical Sales & Marketing Manager, and a Technical Laboratory Manager Maintain involvement in new product development under Pioneer’s branded product range (e.g. Pioneer Steelmix, Pioneer Sure-Set, and Pioneer Easycrete) Maintain a strategic overview of major tenders and proposals Manage strategies and programs to address risk management issues affecting company reputation, trade practices, legal compliance, and human resources Effective in key account management through maintaining hands-on, problem solving and decision making effectiveness in a trouble shooting capacity

  • Pioneer Construction Materials (1999 - 2000 ) Internal Auditor

    Gained a valuable all-round insight into, and understanding of the industry through an information-gathering and knowledge-broadening evaluation of Pioneer operations in Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, USA and Australia, and encompassing; health & safety, environment, production, transport, sales & marketing, treasury, accounts, asset management, business development, reserves management Applied Process-Based Risk Management principles and methodologies to independently assess risk management techniques, and in arbitrating in solutions to risk issues Liaised with overseas business partners and gained corporate head office exposure

  • Pioneer Construction Materials (1997 - 1999 ) Area Manager - Western NSW

    HIGHLIGHTS: Effectively managed all operations in the region comprising 13 fixed and 5 mobile concrete plants and associated transport fleet, Bathurst Quarry, and 48 personnel Maintained strategic, logistical and sales and marketing planning to develop on an annual $14M turnover, including: * evaluating and initiating various opportunities to expand quarry reserves through greenfield sites and existing operations * evaluation of opportunities to purchase existing concrete operations

  • Pioneer Construction Materials (1995 - 1997 ) Quarry Manager

    HIGHLIGHTS: Effective in the operational role, with responsibilities in all areas of production, maintenance, sales, purchasing, quarry development, industrial relations, and community awareness Developed and submitted budgets and proposals for capital expenditure Implemented and monitored all policies and procedures governing workplace health & safety, quality control, and environmental regulations

  • Hazell Bros Group (1989 - 1993 ) Project Manager

    This was the first position I held after graduating from the University of Tasmania. During my tenure, I worked all around Tasmania on various construction projects, including, highway upgrades, highway replications, concrete bridge construction and residential/commercial subdivisions. Scope of Position - quantity surveying, programming works, tender estimating, plant, labour and material requirements, QA/QC, client negotiations, preparation of contract variations, hands on experience in the civil contracting industry