18 March 2014 - International engineering and technical services company Aurecon has announced that CEO Paul Hardy has resigned. Anthony McCusker, Chief Financial Officer, is acting CEO as of 17 March 2014.
Paul Hardy has been CEO of the company since 2009 and led it through a three way merger between Connell Wagner, Africon and Ninham Shand in the same year and the creation of the Aurecon brand and a global engineering group of more than 7,500 people across 26 countries with a strong value platform and clearly defined strategic growth plan.
Hardy commented, “I often talk about the importance of change and renewal in a business, in recent months I have been reflecting on Aurecon’s journey and the role I play in steering our great company. I have now decided the time is right for me to step down as Chief Executive Officer. The current board and leadership team are well placed to continue to lead and grow Aurecon.”
The Aurecon Board will now begin the recruitment process for a new CEO.
Teddy Daka, Chairman of Aurecon Group Pty Ltd, commented “I thank Paul for his enormous contribution to Aurecon. Having served as Chief Executive Officer since our inception in 2009, Paul has played a pivotal role in bringing to life our vision and setting our strategy for growth. Paul’s drive, passion and energy in leading our business has indeed positioned us as a Leading Vibrant Global company. The Board and our executive leadership team will work closely to ensure a smooth transition and handover.”
A Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, Paul was appointed as a Director and Victorian Region Manager of Connell Wagner in July 2000 and became Group Executive Chairman in July 2007. Paul was recognised by Engineers Australia as one of the 100 most influential engineers in the country in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. With more than 30 years of experience in the consulting industry, Paul had previously directed the development of an international business working in Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines, China, India, Indonesia, Cambodia and the Pacific Rim from 1994-99.
Aurecon provides engineering, management and specialist technical services for government and private sector clients globally. With an office network extending across 26 countries, Aurecon has been involved in projects in more than 80 countries across Africa, Asia Pacific and the Middle East and employs around 7 500 people across 12 industry groups: Construction, Data & telecommunications, Defence, Energy, Government, International Development Assistance, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Property, Resources, Transport and Water.