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Aurecon strengthens business in Asia with new leadership appointments

Paul Lombard

Paul Lombard, Aurecon Managing Director - Middle East and Asia

22 May 2017 - Rapid urbanisation is hard-pressing countries to invest in the smart cities agenda to improve cities’ liveability and sustainability. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, there will be roughly USD$70 trillion invested in infrastructure over the next decade, with $26 trillion of this in Asia.

Achieving successful transformation into smart cities requires more than investment and access to capital. Finding expertise to design infrastructure as assets that will deliver fiscal and socio-economic benefits while being future-proofed, is also key.

Committed to building a future-ready organisation, global engineering and infrastructure advisory company, Aurecon, has announced several new leadership appointments to significantly strengthen its business in Asia. This includes driving a more expansive support to the growing demands for building design, digitisation, and Building Information Modeling (BIM) services across the Built Environment and Infrastructure sectors.

Paul Lombard, Aurecon Managing Director – Middle East and Asia, says, “The Asian market is considered vital to delivering sustained growth for Aurecon, as the region offers significant opportunities for project development. It is a thriving and complex market, but we are confident that our extensive global experience, combined with the strategic leadership appointments, will enable us to capitalise on the market’s potential.”

Shaping the future of data centre

Simon Hamer, Data Centre Leader - AsiaFor smart cities to succeed in the digital era, they will require data centres to deliver with speed, security, reliability, energy efficiency, and scalable for future demand.

To facilitate service providers to turn around new builds and expansions quickly so as to speed up time-to-market and reduce costs through application of innovative design, Aurecon appointed Simon Hamer as Data Centre Leader for Asia.

Based in Singapore, Simon’s new role entails advising and managing client requirements through design, construction and commissioning, risk assessments. Likewise, he reviews the operations and performance of data centres and other critical facilities.

“Simon is a subject matter expert on data centres. With decades of project management experience in handling complex projects, he serves as a quintessential example of a client-focused forward thinker whom we are proud to have as a member of our team,” says Travis Strong, Client Director, Data & Telco Market, Built Environment.

Prior to joining Aurecon, Simon was the Senior Resident Engineer at Global Switch. He was the engineering lead on all the company’s onsite projects and peer reviewer of designs for the new data centres in Hong Kong and Singapore, and has extensive knowledge of the Data Centre business in Asia.

Fostering digital strategy

Phil Lazarus, Digital Practice Leader - AsiaTo help clients digitise their businesses across built environment, infrastructure, and energy and resources markets, the Aurecon regional office in Singapore also welcomed Phil Lazarus as Asia’s Digital Practice Leader to build a culture of digital readiness and innovation within the company. He is responsible for implementing Aurecon’s digital strategy that connects our clients’ needs, people’s capability and emergent digital technologies across Asia.

As the Regional Digital Lead, Phil will harness opportunities within the region while ensuring that client and stakeholder engagement are aligned in the strategic initiatives and future-ready digital scheme of Aurecon. He is passionate about driving the value of technological solutions for today’s complex projects for the benefit of clients and stakeholders.

“Phil’s deep experience and leadership in the digital space will help place our team in a far stronger position, while building our market expertise for projects that emphasise technology in delivery. I’m delighted to have him join the team in Asia,” says Lombard.

Executive vision in Macau

Being one of the richest cities in the world, Macau has been transforming from a gambling centre into a lively international tourist destination for leisure and business activities, with a number of housing, urban redevelopment and heavy infrastructure projects underway.

Alan Ho, Building Services LeaderTo assist clients in this bustling city, Aurecon has appointed Alan Ho, an experienced engineer, as Building Services Leader in Macau.

Says Ben Coxon, Regional Director for Aurecon, China, “Alan’s appointment will reinforce our local presence to collaborate more deeply and effectively on complex projects with clients. Clients in Macau have big dreams and Alan will bring the best of Aurecon’s expertise to help make their dreams a reality.”

Prior to joining Aurecon, he was a Building Service Engineer at Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, where he gained extensive experience in project management and in leading casino, hotel and resort, as well as residential and commercial developments.

“These new appointments will help us further our eminence and client-centric business approach while developing strong relationships. We are creating the best teams in this region to bring market-leading ideas to life for our key clients,” concludes Lombard.

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