Aurecon makes key appointment to expand advisory business in Greater China

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International design, engineering and advisory company Aurecon signals its intentions for Asia with key new appointment.

Aurecon has appointed Alex Katsanos as its managing principal, advisory for Greater China. The move complements Aurecon’s Asia business growth strategy, providing a springboard for the company to unlock new ideas and opportunities, as well as differentiate itself in a highly competitive market.

Katsanos, who will be based in Hong Kong and report to Alton Chow, Aurecon’s managing director for Greater China, is a management consultant and advisor on policy, with 24 years of international experience, in the infrastructure space. His expertise focuses on public sector policy, operational improvement, capital planning, smart city and data strategy, sustainability and procurement excellence.

Commenting on the new appointment, Chow said: “We see enormous growth potential for our advisory business in Greater China, amid rising demand for technically-led services and solutions. Alex’s multi-disciplinary international experience, coupled with his strong business acumen and knowledge of local market dynamics, will position us well to help our clients elevate their business to a new level. Alex’s appointment will catalyse Aurecon’s next phase of growth in Asia.”

Reiterating the importance of Aurecon’s concerted effort to expand its advisory business internationally, Julian Dolby, group managing principal, advisory at Aurecon said, “We are delighted to have Alex on board and his appointment reflects the ambitions we have for our Advisory business. Asia forms a key pillar of our commitment to deliver greater value and impact for our clients across all project stages. By leveraging the full breadth of our advisory expertise and deep technical design capability alongside his broad experience and client-centric mindset, Alex will enable us to better tailor innovative and high value solutions for our clients in Greater China.”

Before joining Aurecon, Katsanos has been a consultant for firms including McKinsey & Company and Arcadis. Over the course of his career, he has worked across most infrastructure sub-sectors, both for government and private clients in East Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Africa. For the past decade, his focus has largely centred on Hong Kong and Greater China, where his intimate understanding of these markets will be instrumental in driving Aurecon’s growth.

Commenting on his appointment as Aurecon managing principal, advisory for Greater China, Alex Katsanos said: “As China opens up its borders and Hong Kong gradually increases its construction expenditure to its highest levels by the middle of this decade, there are significant challenges that require bold policy initiatives in the public sector, as well as digital transformation work in the private sector.

“In this environment, there are ample opportunities for innovative businesses like Aurecon to provide tailored advisory services that help clients solve these challenges. I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues to grow a service offering that will maximise impact for our clients in Greater China.”