Dr Kourosh Kayvani (left) and John McGuire.

Aurecon chief executive Giam Swiegers has made two senior appointments in a bid to reshape the company to become more competitive in the digital age.

Dr Kourosh Kayvani has been appointed global director, excellence and expertise, while John McGuire has been appointed chief innovation officer.

Mr Swiegers noted fundamental changes occurring in business as a result of globalisation and digital disruption.

“This change demands a deep understanding of client needs along with the multidimensional challenges they face, and targeted application of best-in-class expertise in providing optimum solutions to these needs and challenges,” Mr Swiegers said.

Dr Kayvani will work on strengthening Aurecon’s expertise and reputation. He has played key roles in the design and delivery of projects including Wembley Stadium in London, Sydney Olympics Hockey Stadium in Sydney and Liberty Place tower in Sydney.

Dr Kayvani is a laureate of the IABSE Prize awarded by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering for his contribution to design of long span structures worldwide. He is a fellow of Institution of Engineers, Australia, an honorary professor at the University of Sydney, a visiting professorial fellow at UNSW, and a director of Australian Steel Institute.

In his role as chief innovation officer, Mr McGuire will work to “embed a global culture of innovation within Aurecon”.

“Organisations are struggling to differentiate themselves in the hyper-contested environments of the digital age and many are now looking to innovation as a source of differentiation,” Mr Swiegers said.

“The sources of innovation will often come from outside of your own industry or your own sphere of knowledge. Bringing diverse expertise bases and different experiences and different points of view is increasingly being used as a method for innovating.”

Mr McGuire is a mechanical engineer over 25 years’ experience in consulting and contracting in Australia, the Middle East and the United Kingdom, with a focus on health care, forensic and specialist containment laboratories.

He is a guest lecturer to the architecture schools at the University of Western Australia and Curtin University, as well as an international judge and faculty member for the International Academy of Design and Health. Most recently he has been working with the Design Innovation Research Centre at the University of Technology, Sydney, looking at how design-led innovation can be applied in Aurecon.

He has worked on the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Western Australia, the Austin Repat Mercy Redevelopment in Victoria, and the Auckland City Hospital in New Zealand.