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Brebner leaves struggling ASL for AECOM

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Austin:Smith Lord (ASL) partner Ian Brebner has jumped ship to join global giant AECOM.

The Liverpool-based architect had been expected to bring in around £750,000 worth of future fees as outlined in ASL’s company voluntary agreement documents.

Brebner, who will keep his title as partner at debt-troubled ASL, had been collaborating on projects with AECOM’s specialist global industrial buildings team for some time.

David Glover, global head of AECOM’s building engineering, said: ‘In recent years, building engineering has seen an expansion of work in [industrial projects]with clients such as GE and Rolls Royce.

‘Brebner is experienced in the industrial market and has been working with our current team for several years. His appointment enables us to offer an integrated service to our clients.’

Brebner joined ASL in 1998 and, according to one insider, was working on some ‘very profitable stuff’.

Meanwhile AECOM has revealed that former UK Prime Minister John Major will chair the company’s new global advisory board, set up to ‘support the company’s efforts to enter and grow in new geographies’.

John M Dionisio, AECOM’s chairman and chief executive officer said: ‘The global insight and marketplace visibility of our advisory board members, led byMajor, will provide a valuable business perspective as we advance AECOM’s diversified global growth strategy. 

‘In addition, our advisory board members offer expert knowledge for issues at the intersection of global business operations and society at large, including humanitarian affairs, socially responsible business practices and sustainability.

He added: ‘The advisory board will be especially valuable in offering guidance as AECOM increases its participation in geographic areas of focus such as Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, India and Latin America as well as high-growth businesses such as oil and gas, energy, mining, and national security.’


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