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Aurecon promotes chief information officer to global managing director

XAurecon has promoted its chief innovation officer, John McGuire, to the position of global managing director

Aurecon has promoted John McGuire (above) to the position of global managing director.
Aurecon has promoted John McGuire (above) to the position of global managing director.

Aurecon has promoted its chief innovation officer, John McGuire, to the position of global managing director.

In turn, Dr Kourosh Kayvani, Aurecon’s global director of excellence and expertise, will have his remit extended to include full responsibility across the company.

In his new role, McGuire will lead the engineering and infrastructure consultancy’s built environment team in a bid to address what the firm has termed “an industry in catch-up mode”.

Giam Sweigers, Aurecon’s global chief executive officer, said that McGuire’s promotion enable the company to take advantage of digitisation- and automation-related trends within the building industry.

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“No industry is immune to change and the impacts of digital transformation, but some industries have been faster than others in embracing the benefits that digitisation and automation can bring,” said Sweigers.

“By comparison, the building industry has been a slow mover, and is now feeling both the disruptive impacts of digital [and] the benefits it can bring for those who embrace it and innovate.”

McGuire boasts 30 years of industry experience, and was “instrumental in developing and leading Aurecon’s innovation strategy”, according to the consultancy. He will replace outgoing global MD, James Bennett, who has performed the role for the past two years.

“John has successfully reshaped Aurecon’s innovation culture, and I am delighted that he will now be at the forefront of transformation of our built environment business as its global managing director,” Sweigers commented.

“Importantly, Aurecon believes that the things that made us successful in the past will not guarantee our success in the future. We’ll continue to put in place [people] who we believe are the very best leaders in our field – those who will ensure our brand is backed by substance, and that we deliver with flair.

“This will position us to challenge the status quo and take our organisation and its clients forward into a very different future,” he added.

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