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John Priestland scoops senior EMIA post at Aecom

Aecom has appointed John Priestland as chief executive for major bids and corporate development in its Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa region

John Priestland (above) has been appointed to the position of chief executive for major bids and corporate development within Aecom’s Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa (EMIA) region.
John Priestland (above) has been appointed to the position of chief executive for major bids and corporate development within Aecom’s Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa (EMIA) region.

John Priestland has been appointed to the position of chief executive for major bids and corporate development within Aecom’s Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa (EMIA) region.

In his new role, Priestalnd will report to Aecom’s EMIA chief executive, Steve Morriss. He will also serve as a member of the consultancy’s EMIA executive team.

Commenting on Priestland’s appointment, Morriss commented: “We are ambitious to attract the best in the industry so that we can continue our exciting growth journey and keep improving our integrated offer to our clients.

“John has an exemplary and proven track record of winning major bids and successful acquisitions, and is a great addition to our team.”

Previously, Priestland was employed as global strategy and major pursuits director at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. He also served on the executive main board at Arcadis legacy outfit Hyder Consulting between 2009 and 2015, and has held senior positions at Atkins and Amey.

An alumnus of London Business School and the University of Oxford, Priestland boasts experience of strategy, major pursuits, and mergers and acquisitions within the built environment segment. He is a fellow of both the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Institute of Physics (IOP).

Speaking following his latest appointment, Priestland said: “Aecom’s reputation and global reach is unrivalled in the industry. At a time of increasing change – for example, in the use of technology and integration across the whole design, build, finance, and operate (DBFO) cycle – Aecom is ideally placed to be the industry leader.”

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