Connell Wagner merger makes global major

According to Connell Wagner, Africon is South Africa’s largest privately owned infrastructure consultancy, while Ninham Shand is an established engineering and environmental consultancy. The newly created group, called Aurecon, said today it would provide professional technical services on large-scale integrated infrastructure projects to clients across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. The global group, to be headquartered in Singapore, will employ more than 6,700 people across 87 offices in 28 countries. Based on anticipated combined revenues of the combined businesses, it is expected that Aurecon will rank in the top-60 global consulting firms. Paul Hardy, previously chief executive officer and chairman of Connell Wagner, has been appointed Aurecon’s global chief executive officer. The former non-executive chairman of Africon, Jakes Gerwel, will be Aurecon’s non-executive global chairman. Connell Wagner’s history dates back 75 years and before the merger employed 4,200 people spread across a network of 49 offices in 12 countries, including Australasia, South-East Asia, China, India and the Middle East. Africon was established in 1951, and had 1900 employees before the merger, with offices in South Africa, the rest of Africa, and the Middle East. The consultancy specialised in the transportation, property, municipal services, energy, and mining. Ninham Shand had 19 offices spread throughout South Africa and into Lesotho and Mozambique, employing 600 people. The company had a 76-year history and consulted on projects in the areas of water resources and supply, heavy engineering, infrastructure services, structures and buildings, transportation and roads, and environmental science.

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