Aurecon has announced the appointment of current managing director Australia and New Zealand, William Cox, as its new CEO. 

Effective from 1 February 2019, Cox will be based in Sydney. He takes over from Giam Swiegers, who served in the role for four years. 

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, according to Aurecon. He is a civil engineer with over 30 years’ experience in transport, aviation and infrastructure across Australia and the UK.

“William is renowned as one of our industry’s most respected leaders and has delivered operational excellence for Aurecon for more than 26 years,” says Aurecon chairman, Teddy Daka. 

“His leadership of ANZ saw the region’s revenue increase by 22 percent since 2015. William’s extensive experience at Aurecon has ensured that he has a deep understanding of our business, operating environment, clients and competitors.” 

“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,” says Cox. 

“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.” 

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.