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AECOM names new leader for Canada

By Adam Freill   

Construction Infrastructure

Australia New Zealand region chief executive Richard Barrett to become regional chief executive for infrastructure consulting firm’s Canadian operations.

Richard Barrett. (Photo courtesy of AECOM)

International infrastructure consulting firm AECOM has named a new lead for its operations in Canada. As of October 1, Richard Barrett will be the company’s new regional chief executive of its Canadian business. Also announced by the company was a change in Australia and New Zealand, where Mark McManamny will be regional chief executive.

Both bring extensive industry experience to their new roles and will be responsible for delivering on the company’s strategy, overseeing day-to-day operations and driving long-term growth for their respective regions.

“As we experience a transformative period in infrastructure investment across Canada and the Australia New Zealand region, I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Richard and Mark into their new regional leadership roles,” said Troy Rudd, AECOM’s chief executive officer. “Richard’s and Mark’s appointments come at a critical juncture, and they are well-positioned to drive growth and capitalize on these exciting opportunities, further solidifying our standing as an industry leader.”

Barrett has nearly 35 years of industry experience, including 23 years with AECOM and its legacy companies. Throughout his career with the firm, he has served in multiple leadership roles in the Australia New Zealand region, including his most recent position as regional chief executive. He succeeds Marc Devlin, current regional chief executive of the company’s Canadian business, who is retiring from his leadership position and will continue with the business as an advisor.


With Barrett’s move to Canada, McManamny will take on the role in Australia and New Zealand. Also an AECOM veteran with more than 17 years’ experience in leadership roles, he has been serving as regional managing director for Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

“With Richard’s and Mark’s passion for our clients and commitment to our teams, their leadership is a testament to our Think and Act Globally strategy, reflecting the connectivity between our regions and the strength of our global leadership bench,” said Lara Poloni, AECOM’s president. “As we look ahead, Richard’s and Mark’s collaborative and client-focused approach will be instrumental in both unlocking new opportunities and achieving continued success across Canada and the Australia New Zealand region.”




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