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Australia’s largest architecture firm has announced a raft of new appointments to its global leadership team including a new Sydney director and 10 new principals.
Woods Bagot congratulated Sydney-based Sarah Kay on her promotion to director and her new position as a member of the strategic board.
With over 15 years of experience, Woods Bagot says Kay is renowned for her strategic and commercial insight by both leadership and her clients.
Over the last few years she has led the workplace interiors team, building a successful corporate tenant client base and delivering globally benchmarked projects.
“Sarah’s passion for delivering design outcomes that drive functional, productive and inspirational results and her understanding of ongoing client service will be a valuable addition to the strategic board’s agenda,” says Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nik Karalis.
The business has also appointed Gary Power in Sydney and Jo Dane in Melbourne to principal as well as eight other principals in their international offices of Hong Kong, London, Beijing and Dubai.
The appointments come at a time of dramatic expansion for the Adelaide-born architecture practice. In January, Woods Bagot appointed three new executives to its leadership team, pitched as a ploy to help drive the firm’s continuing global growth, while in March, Ross Donaldson signed on as the new Executive Chairman for the firm.
Contrary to trends in the architecture, engineering and construction sector, Woods Bagot’s continued international expansion has come without any major merger or acquisition but has rather been built on the back of an increasing investment in the Chinese large-scale residential market.