Aurecon strengthens presence in Asia with new appointments

Aurecon has appointed Marcus Tong as technical director, geotechnical for Singapore, and Dr Olivier Petit as managing director, growth and strategy, Asia.

Mr Tong will be responsible for enhancing Aurecon’s underground engineering capabilities, delivering innovative solutions for major and complex projects, and new business growth. He reports directly to Keith Leung, director, major projects and pursuits, Asia who is currently leading the company’s transport, land and water operations in Singapore.

Mr Tong brings a distinctive skillset with his specialist experience in tunnel segmental lining design and mined tunnel design, especially in soft ground and under both normal and seismic conditions.

“As an industry veteran, especially in underground engineering, his depth of experience, technical knowledge and business acumen will strengthen our value proposition and differentiate Aurecon in a highly competitive market,” said Jean-Marc Girard, chief operations officer, Asia who is currently leading Aurecon’s Singapore business.

Mr Tong has over 20 years of Singaporean and international experience in large-scale underground-related works. Throughout his career, he has been extensively involved in numerous major infrastructure projects.

Prior to joining Aurecon, Mr Tong was director (underground development) at Surbana Jurong Consultants Pte Ltd, and also served in a leadership role at Amberg & TTI Engineering Pte Ltd. He is a registered Professional Engineer in both civil and geotechnical engineering in Singapore.

“I am excited to join the Aurecon team in Singapore. The opportunity to work with diverse and talented colleagues in a business with innovation as its DNA is something I really appreciate,” commented Mr Tong.

“Geotechnical engineering is an important and growing discipline, especially in this dynamic region, and I look forward to bringing my passion and expertise to develop customised and cost-effective solutions for our clients.”

In addition, Dr Petit will be responsible for advancing Aurecon’s strategic agenda and spearheading new initiatives and areas of business growth. This includes expanding into new countries, markets and business lines, as well as identifying and structuring opportunities for strategic partnerships and M&As. He is based in Hong Kong and reports directly to Stephane Asselin, chief executive, Asia.

“Asia is a key growth market for Aurecon and I am delighted to welcome Olivier to the company. His strong track record and deep industry connections will position us well to identify new markets, promising mergers and acquisitions and build win-win partnerships in Asia. This appointment reflects our ambitions to increase our investment activities and expand our footprint,” said Mr Asselin.

Mr Petit brings over 20 years of international experience in M&As, business integration, growth strategy development and implementation, as well as operations and management. Having worked in Asia and the Middle East for the majority of his career, his intimate understanding of local, regional and global markets will be instrumental in driving Aurecon’s growth in Asia.

“Asia is a thriving hub of opportunities and will likely remain the epicentre of economic activity in years to come,” noted Mr Petit. “I am thrilled to be joining an innovative and progressive business like Aurecon at a time when Asia is undergoing an exciting phase of development.” 

Before joining Aurecon, Mr Petit was strategic initiative director, Asia Pacific at Egis. During his tenure, he led Egis’ M&A strategy to grow the company’s footprint and operations across Asia Pacific. He also expanded Egis’ regional business in the Middle East and helped to shape many iconic projects there.

In the early stages of his career, Mr Petit held several leadership positions at Saman Corporation in South Korea and Algeria, as well as at Danu Architects & Engineers.