Javier Quintana de Uña is the new CEO of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, taking the reins from Antony Wood beginning Jan. 1. Wood is now CTBUH's president.

As CEO, Quintana de Uña is responsible for running the group on a day-to-day basis and steering it in conjunction with the board of trustees, of which he is an ex-officio member. Prior to this position, Quintana de Uña was a principal at IDOM UK, an international architect-engineer. Before IDOM, he was the director of the Foundation Escolá (IDOM’s R&D division) and the dean of the IE School of Architecture and Design, created by the IE Business School in Madrid.

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Wood, a 2016 ENR Top 25 Newsmaker, has led the nonprofit CTBUH since 2006. "With his appointment to the presidency, we are expanding our investment in thought-leadership, teaching and global industry research to address the complex relationships among policy, buildings, people, urban density, urban space, interior space and infrastructure," said cost consultant Steve Watts, a partner at London-based alinea Consulting and CTBUH's chairman, in a statement.

Founded in 1969, the CTBUH's international member network includes more than a million professionals working on the development, design, fabrication, manufacturing and construction of buildings. With offices in Chicago, Shanghai and Venice, the group runs hundreds of multidisciplinary programs each year, through its regional chapters and subject committees, and performs research. It also maintains a searchable database that contains technical information and images on more than 30,000 tall buildings. The database also is the keeper of the lists, including the 100 tallest buildings in the world.