Aurecon’s CEO William Cox appointed as first chair of Global Leadership Forum advisory board

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William Cox, chief executive officer of Aurecon, has been named by FIDIC as the first chair of its Global Leadership Forum advisory board.

Leading Australian civil engineer William Cox has been named by FIDIC as the first chair of its Global Leadership Forum advisory board.

International engineering federation FIDIC (the International Federation of Consulting Engineers) has appointed William Cox, chief executive officer of Aurecon, as the first chair of its Global Leadership Forum (GLF) advisory board, following a decision of the FIDIC board.

The FIDIC board concluded that the time was right to move into the next phase of governance for the Global Leadership Forum with the appointment of an independent chair and vice chairs and they made their decision last week when the board met last week. FIDIC’s CEO Dr Nelson Ogunshakin will support Bill Cox and act as vice chair and the succeeding vice chair will be appointed after a year.

Cox has led Aurecon’s rapid growth featuring diversification across digital and advisory capabilities and expansion in Asia-Pacific. Previously Aurecon’s managing director for Australia and New Zealand, Cox was responsible for leadership and performance of the ANZ business, including safety, client engagement, staff engagement, project and financial performance.

A civil engineer with over 30 years’ experience in highway, rail and airport planning and design and construction projects in Australia, Asia and the UK, Cox was extensively involved in the design, documentation and construction supervision of major infrastructure projects, including the Sydney Cross City Tunnel Project and the Sydney Rail Clearways programme. In 2015, Cox was also named one of Engineers Australia’s top 100 most influential engineers in Australia.

Commenting on his appointment as the first chair of the Global Leadership Forum advisory board, Cox said: “I greatly appreciate the trust that the FIDIC board has placed in me with this appointment. FIDIC plays a crucial role in the global engineering industry and I look forward to working with the FIDIC leadership and the GLF advisory board to build on the great work done to date.”

FIDIC CEO Dr Nelson Ogunshakin said: “I am delighted that William Cox has been appointed as the first chair of the GLF advisory board. His impressive record of leadership across our global industry speaks for itself and I look forward to working with him and also to having his wise counsel on hand to help steer and guide the GLF programme as it builds on its first two years of activity to make an even greater impact on our industry.”

The Global Leadership Forum, which now has around 200 global CEOs as members, was set up by FIDIC in September 2021 and brings together industry leaders from across the globe to discuss the key issues facing society and the wider construction and infrastructure sector. Find out more at https://events.fidic.org/GLFeventsoverview

The annual GLF Summit is a key meeting in the forum’s calendar and next year’s event, taking place in Geneva from 25-26 April 2024, promises to be another important staging post in the GLF’s development, with the opportunity for leaders to contribute to reports and proposals from the groups think tank programme covering critical areas such as market intelligence, artificial intelligence, skills and capacity and the decarbonisation of infrastructure. 

FIDIC Global Leadership Forum Advisory Board members

  • William Cox, Group CEO, Aurecon (Australia). [Chair]
  • Dr Nelson Ogunshakin, CEO, FIDIC (Switzerland) [Vice Chair]
  • JosĂ© M Aparicio, Managing Director and President, Siemens Energy (Mexico).
  • Anthony Bouchard, President and Chief Operating Officer, CDM Smith (USA).
  • Alan Brookes, Group CEO, Arcadis (UK).
  • Robin Greenleaf, Vice President Architectural Relations and Strategic Partnerships, IMEG Corp (USA).
  • Mike Haigh, Immediate Past Chair and Chief Executive, Mott MacDonald Group (UK).
  • Jim Johnson, Director, UK, India, Middle East & Africa Board, Arup (UK).
  • Chris Lewis, Global Head of Infrastructure, EY (UK).
  • Mark Naysmith, Chief Executive Officer for WSP in the UK & MEIA Region, WSP (UK).
  • Malani Padayachee-Saman, CEO, MPAMOT (South Africa).
  • Nandita Parshad, Managing Director, Sustainable Infrastructure Group, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (UK).
  • Lara Poloni, President, AECOM Group (USA).
  • Fang Qiuchen, Chairman, China International Contractors Association (China).
  • Susan Reisbord, Executive Vice President, Stantec (USA).
  • Fidel Saenz de Ormijana, Chief Technical Officer, Ferrovial Construction (Spain).
  • Jens-Peter Saul, Group CEO, Ramboll (Denmark).
  • Fuat Savas, Managing Director, Infrastructure Finance and Advisory Team, JP Morgan (USA).
  • AndrĂ© Schneider, CEO, Geneva Airport (Switzerland).