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Aurecon appoints Sean Murphy as built environment leader

Robert Latham joins as client director for built environment, while Colum O’Donovan is country manager for Abu Dhabi office

Sean Murphy has been appointed as built environment leader for the Middle East at Aurecon.
Sean Murphy has been appointed as built environment leader for the Middle East at Aurecon.

Melbourne-headquartered engineering, advisory, and design firm, Aurecon has appointed three people to its leadership team in the region, with the move being made in line with its plans to strengthen its digital transformation and infrastructure-related businesses in the Middle East.

Former buildings director for the Middle East at Ramboll Middle East, Sean Murphy has joined the Australia- and South Africa-based firm as built environment leader in the Middle East. Murphy has international experience working with companies in Ireland, the UK, Australia, and the Mena region, and has knowledge about mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) design.

Murphy took over the role from Robert Latham, who has been appointed as the client director for built environment in the Middle East. In his new role, Latham will focus on major clients in the region including ones in Saudi Arabia.

Robert Latham, client director for built environment in the Middle East at Aurecon [Supplied]

A 30-year veteran in the construction industry, Latham, according to his LinkedIn profile, has worked with companies including Ramboll, WSP, Halcrow Yolles, as well as Atkins.

In another appointment, the firm has made Colum O’Donovan the country manager for its Abu Dhabi office, with O’Donovan having previously lead Aurecon’s professional services unit.

Colum O’Donovan, country manager for Abu Dhabi office at Aurecon [Supplied]

O’Donovan recently established the energy resource, manufacturing, and defence markets in the Middle East.

In a statement the company said that O’Dovonan has worked on projects including The Tower at Dubai Creek, and the CoEx Campus at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Speaking about the appointments, regional director for the Middle East at Aurecon, Ermis Marques, said: “Our vision is to now bring advisory, asset optimisation and digital skills to our key clients so that we can provide more value across the full continuum of the asset life cycle. Our new leadership appointments are integral in helping Aurecon make this happen in the Middle East.”

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