Global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon has announced the appointment of its new Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, Global CFO and Global COO under incoming Global CEO William Cox.
Louise Adams, previously Regional Director of Aurecon’s South Australian and Victorian practice, has been appointed to head the company’s ANZ business.
Francoise Merit, previously CFO for Australia and New Zealand, has been appointed as Aurecon’s Global CFO, with previous CFO Andrew Muller appointed as Aurecon’s new COO.
Mr. Cox said each new leader are seasoned, expert operators at the top of their fields and capable of leading the charge as the business consolidates its growth and pursues new opportunities in the digital and advisory sectors and in Asia.
“Louise and Francoise’s appointments bring the number of women on our executive committee to three, reflecting Aurecon’s commitment to increasing the number of female leaders as we continue to build a culture of diversity, innovation and digital excellence across Aurecon globally,” he said.
“Senior female leadership appointments are rare in the traditionally male-dominated engineering and finance industries, yet the benefits are immense. When you get different viewpoints operating in organisations, you unleash creativity, innovation and new solutions on old or intractable problems.
“This is particularly relevant at a time of enormous cultural change across the property, construction and infrastructure sectors as incredible new technologies help us plan, build and manage infrastructure and the built environment in ways never seen before, truly changing the way we engineer, design and advise.”
Mr. Muller and Ms. Merit will begin their new roles on 1 January 2019 and Ms. Adams’ appointment is effective 1 February 2019.