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Aecom unveils senior staff shake-up ahead of URS merger

Consultancy Aecom has announced its new structure and senior staff ahead of its merger with URS next month.

In a newsletter to Aecom employees published on its investor website, the firm’s president and chief executive Mike Burke said Steve Morriss, currently the chief executive of Aecom EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africas, would lead the merged firm’s design and consulting services work in the region.

Aecom announced it would buy URS for US$4bn (£2.3bn) in July to create a company with 95,000 staff across 150 countries.

The merger is expected to complete next month and the two companies will operate as one entity by January 2015.

The firm will be divided into five groups: design and consulting services; construction services; Aecom Capital, which invests in projects; management services which works with governments; and the end markets group, which provides major account management and government relations.

Design and consulting services include architecture, cost consultancy, design, economics, energy, engineering, environmental, planning and programme management.

URS’s executive chairman of operations in Europe, the Middle East and India, Tom Bishop, will lead design and consulting services in the Americas. Aecom’s current chief operating officer and president of Americas, Jane Chmielinski will retire in March 2015.

Sean Chiao Aecom’s president for Asia Pacific (APAC) will head the design and consulting services business in the same region.

Within construction services, Dan McQuade will be group president of building construction and URS’s current president of energy and construction, George Nash, will become group president of energy, infrastructure and industrial construction.

In 2011 Aecom won the deal to masterplan the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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