Aurecon appoints new tech chief


news International engineering and advisory company Aurecon has appointed Carl Duckinson as its new Chief Information Officer.

The new CIO will take up his new role in early September and will be based in Melbourne.

Duckinson comes to the firm with a long track record as a senior IT executive in large and complex organisations.

He recently led Toll Group’s technology transformation, which included a period as the company’s interim CIO. Prior to that, he was CIO of Australia’s largest independent gold miner, Newcrest Mining, for seven years. He has also worked at Avanade and BHP.

Duckinson’s skills in mapping technology strategy and business strategy, and his track record in developing “high performing teams” were particularly important for Aurecon in making the hiring, said Andrew Muller, the firm’s Global Chief Financial Officer.

“I am delighted to welcome Carl Duckinson to lead our IT team globally and to continue to drive digital and technology transformation within the firm,” said Muller.

“Information technology is a key enabler for Aurecon as it is fundamental to the successful execution of our business strategy, particularly in relation to Aurecon’s commitment to global collaboration and work-sharing,” he added.

Duckinson said he had been drawn to Aurecon because of its “impressive engineering portfolio, its energetic culture and its strong interest in innovation, IT and digital initiatives”.

“I believe Aurecon is well advanced in understanding what digital means and how digital influences the future of engineering. The company is eager to harness the opportunities that digital disruption presents,” he said.

Aurecon has increasingly focused on digital innovation, and now employs a Chief Innovation Officer, Chief Digital Officer and Chief Information Officer at the executive level.

The firm appointed Arup University’s Dr Andrew Maher to the position of Chief Digital Officer in October last year to drive Aurecon’s digital transformation.

“It is rare to see these three roles at these senior levels in an organisation,” said Duckinson. “My role will be to continue to support strong cross-border collaboration to ensure that the business is able to respond to rapid change within the energy and resources, built environment and infrastructure industries.”