Aurecon announces new CEO to drive its global growth

Global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon today announced the appointment of Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, William Cox as its new Global Chief Executive Officer 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.”

As Aurecon Managing Director – Australia and New Zealand, Cox has a proven track record in building a financially successful, high performance culture with strong client engagement. Cox is a civil engineer with over 30 years’ experience in transport, aviation and infrastructure across Australia and the UK.

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’s extensive experience at Aurecon has ensured that he has a deep understanding of our business, operating environment, our clients and competitors.

“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.

Cox is also Aurecon’s Pay Equity Ambassador for the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) and Aurecon’s representative for the Consult Australia Male Champions of Change.

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

“Aurecon is full of talented people, passionate about developing innovative solutions to some of the world’s most wicked problems. I look forward to working with them to continue our growth, reimagining and designing a better future,” concluded Cox.