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James Cullens

Executive Vice-President, Human Resources

James Cullens is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s Human Resources activities globally. He has over 25 years of international experience in human resources roles. Mr. Cullens joined SNC-Lavalin in 2017, when the company acquired WS Atkins plc where he was Group Director, Human Resources & Marcomms and Executive Director. 

Before joining WS Atkins plc, he was Group HR Director at Hays plc, a global professional services company. Prior to this, Mr. Cullens was Group HR Director at The BOC Group plc, a leading industrial gas producer, and subsequently Group HR Director at Linde AG, a multinational chemical company, when the two businesses merged. He also served as Head of Global Human Resources at PA Consulting Group, and spent his early career in Human Resources-related roles with Mars Incorporated, Asda, The Albert Fisher Group and Whitehead Mann. He has lived and worked in Hong Kong, New Zealand and the former Soviet Union. 

Mr. Cullens has held non-executive board roles at African Oxygen Limited and at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the UK, and is currently a member of the International Advisory Board of The Open University Business School.

Mr. Cullens is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and holds a Master of Arts (Hons) from Cambridge University as well as a Master of Letters, a Master of Science in Human Resources (Hons) and a Bachelor of Science.