Sijo Elias to lead head facilities management major’s expansion in UAE capital
UAE-based facilities management services provider, Emrill, has appointed Sijo Elias as general manager for Abu Dhabi, as it focuses on further expansion into the capital.
Elias will lead Emrill’s operations in Abu Dhabi and will oversee all aspects of Emrill’s facilities management offering, including technical, MEP, cleaning and security services, as well as energy management. He will report to Emrill’s operations director, Gopalakrishnan.
An Emrill statement said that Elias has worked across a diverse range of sectors in his career, including horizontal and vertical residential master communities, commercial and retail. He was instrumental in Emrill’s first energy performance contract, achieving savings of Dh5.3m and reducing carbon emissions by 6,027 metric tonnes for a residential tower in Dubai Marina. Elias also led the team that broke Emrill’s previous record for cleaning Downtown Dubai after the New Year’s Eve fireworks and celebrations, returning the community to its original state in under three hours in 2020.
Commenting on Elias’ appointment, Gopalakrishnan said: “Sijo’s considerable experience in the UAE and in-depth understanding of Emrill’s value proposition will be integral to implementing our growth strategies in the capital. We are looking to expand our presence in Abu Dhabi, adding to the existing mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) and integrated facilities management contracts we currently have. Appointing Sijo as a dedicated general manager to look after our ongoing operations and create new partnerships in Abu Dhabi will enable us to establish greater operational capabilities.”
Elias added: “I am thrilled to work towards expanding our business opportunities in Abu Dhabi by nurturing and developing our core strengths and expertise to add long-term asset value to businesses there. Our primary focus is introducing continuous improvements in our current scope of operations with existing contracts in Abu Dhabi and striving towards meeting the highest standard of safety, quality and customer satisfaction to reestablish the core strength of the business to enhance the end-user experience. Our priority in Abu Dhabi for 2021 is strengthening our spectrum in the residential sector as well as offering an integrated mix of technical, MEP, cleaning and security services to other sectors such as the commercial and logistics.”
Elias holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in mechanical engineering and an MSc in Energy Management. He is also NEBOSH and ISO-certified.