Global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon has appointed Louise Adams as Managing Director Australia and New Zealand from February 2019.
Adams was previously the Regional Director responsible for Aurecon’s South Australian and Victorian practice and the first female member to join the company’s global board.
According to Aurecon, Adams has a passion for organisational diversity and the role it plays in innovation, and is prominent in Aurecon’s global Future Ready program.
Francoise Merit, previously Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Australia and New Zealand, has also been appointed as Aurecon’s Global CFO, with previous CFO Andrew Muller appointed as Aurecon’s new Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Global Chief Executive Officer (CEO) William Cox says he is pleased to announce the new appointments.
“Louise and Francoise’s appointments bring the number of women on our executive committee to three, reflecting Aurecon’s commitment to increasing the number of female leaders as we continue to build a culture of diversity, innovation and digital excellence across Aurecon globally,” he says.
“Senior female leadership appointments are rare in the traditionally male-dominated engineering and finance industries, yet the benefits are immense. When you get different viewpoints operating in organisations, you unleash creativity, innovation and new solutions on old or intractable problems.
“This is particularly relevant at a time of enormous cultural change across the property, construction and infrastructure sectors.”
In 2016, Aurecon had 26 per cent female representation and set a target of 30 per cent by 2020. The target was reached in early 2018 when Aurecon lodged its annual report with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), having reached 32 per cent female representation. Aurecon is now aiming for 40 per cent representation by 2020.