Lend Lease has appointed UK Green Building Council chief executive Paul King as managing director of sustainability for its European region.

Mr King will begin in February 2015, and be responsible for the European region’s overall sustainability strategy, shaping its implementation and future direction.

“This is an exciting appointment and I am delighted that Paul has chosen to join Lend Lease as we embark on our plans for international growth,” Lend Lease’s chief executive, international operations Dan Labbad said.

“Paul is a highly regarded and influential industry figure and is well equipped to build on Lend Lease’s commitment to creating buildings, infrastructure and places for people. His expertise across the property and construction industry will ensure that we continue to push the boundaries to find more innovative ways to meet the needs of a rapidly urbanising world.”

Mr King, who prior to the UKGBC was director of campaigns at WWF-UK, said he was excited to be joining Lend Lease.

“Sustainability is about meeting the needs and aspirations of people in the future within environmental limits, and Lend Lease’s strategic focus on creating and regenerating the best places in cities around the world means ensuring those places will be genuinely sustainable for generations to come,” Mr King said.

“I also look forward to continuing to support the Green Building Council movement through Lend Lease’s very active membership of this dynamic network.”

Mr King replaces Pascal Mittermaier, who is taking up a not-for-profit position overseas.