Aurecon scales up greater China business with strategic hire

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New commercial director appointed to drive forward Aurecon’s expansion across Asia.

International design, engineering and advisory company Aurecon has appointed Tang Jianyong as its new commercial director for Shanghai, reporting to Alton Chow, managing director of Aurecon greater China.

The strategic appointment is part of the company’s ongoing investment and expansion across Asia. With demand for infrastructure investments set to continue soaring in Asia over the next decade, the region remains a key strategic priority and growth market for Aurecon.

Earlier this year, China expedited the rollout of 102 major infrastructure projects as outlined in its 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025). Being the world’s largest construction market, which is forecast to grow by 5.2% in 2022 and at an annual average of 8.6% between 2022 and 2030, China presents key opportunities for consultancy and engineering firms.

As clients pay greater attention to sustainability issues amidst a national move towards a greener economy, Aurecon believes it is well positioned to extend its environment and climate change expertise into the Chinese market.

Alton Chow, Aurecon’s managing director for greater China said: “The appointment of Jianyong is part of a concerted effort to bring our local and international expertise to our clients in mainland China. He will help us to raise the bar with quality and innovative solutions, differentiating Aurecon in a highly competitive market. By drawing on his wealth of experience and deep knowledge of mainland China, we can deliver greater value to our clients, expand into new markets and further grow our business in the country.”

New commercial director Jianyong has over 20 years of experience in master planning, architecture and landscape design. His background in building successful businesses throughout his career is set to be pivotal in accelerating Aurecon’s growth in mainland China. He will be responsible for creating a sustainable growth pipeline of opportunities for Aurecon in Shanghai.

Commenting on his appointment, he said: “As China charts its economy towards a greener future, there will be increased opportunities in low carbon construction. This includes the development of green buildings and infrastructure as well as in energy and water conservation. Being a leader in environment and sustainability, Aurecon is committed to helping clients move towards a net zero carbon future. I am looking forward to bringing Aurecon’s customer-centric approach to life and working with the team to design sustainable and resilient solutions for our clients.”

Prior to joining Aurecon, Jianyong led the operations and management of Capol International & Associates Group’s Shanghai office as its vice general manager. Earlier in his career, Jianyong held several leadership roles in AECOM where he grew its mainland China business with record wins and through securing major clients.