Aurecon announces new CEO to drive its global growth

22 November 2018

Global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon has announced the appointment of MD Australia and New Zealand William Cox as its new Global CEO to lead the organisation’s rapid growth and continuing diversification across Digital, Advisory and Asia.

Effective from 1 February 2019, Cox will be based in Sydney. His appointment marks the end of current Aurecon CEO Giam Swiegers’ successful fixed four-year term, which saw the company more than double its profits since 2015.

Cox said: “This is a terrific opportunity to steer Aurecon during a time of significant growth and change for our industry. Incredible technologies are helping us plan and build infrastructure in a way never seen before, truly changing the way we engineer, design and advise.

“My focus areas for the immediate future are to consolidate and continue the growth trajectory in Digital, Advisory, and in Asia where we see immense potential in transport infrastructure, the built environment and fast-growing data centre sector.”

Aurecon Chairman, Teddy Daka, said: “William is renowned as one of our industry’s most respected leaders and has delivered operational excellence for Aurecon for more than 26 years. His leadership of ANZ saw the region’s revenue increase by 22% since 2015.

“William is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, playing a critical role in driving Aurecon’s business case for diversity, vital for our innovation agenda. With Giam at the helm, Aurecon undertook a phenomenal journey of growth and transformation, including building an advisory business that now comprises 1000 people and has delivered 26% growth in revenue over the last financial year.

“We are confident that William’s leadership will continue to drive Aurecon’s digital innovation, workforce transformation and global growth,” said Daka.

Under Cox’s leadership, Aurecon implemented female representation targets in Australia. In 2016, there was 26% female representation and a target of 30% was set for 2020. That target was reached in early 2018 and now the aim is 40% by 2020. As a member of Aurecon’s Executive Committee, Cox has contributed to the company’s strategic direction, reporting directly to Giam Swiegers.

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