Thursday, April 25, 2024

New CEO for SUEZ NZ & Australia

Global player in water, wastewater and waste management, SUEZ, has appointed water infrastructure specialist, Kevin Werksman, as its new CEO for New Zealand and Australia.

In a statement, SUEZ said Mr Werksman’s appointment was a crucial milestone as the water industry faces unprecedented challenges.

“With this new chapter unfolding, Kevin will address these obstacles, steering SUEZ
towards success through a united purpose and forging a path towards a more
resilient water future.”

“At the heart of SUEZ’s purpose is the understanding that water is a finite and precious
resource, and the company is committed to providing people and the planet with essential
resources for a common future,” it said.

Mr Werksman (pictured) has been involved in the delivery of over 100 high-profile infrastructure projects, with a key specialisation in the water sector.

He has previously advised Sydney Water, WaterCare, Yarra Valley Water, WaterNSW, SA Water, Urban Utilities, Icon Water and Commonwealth Government Water entities on redesigning their operating models, as well as transforming their business strategies for infrastructure investment, divestment and growth.

Joining SUEZ from Aurecon, Mr Werksman led the development of the organisation’s water strategy by connecting its ‘why’ with the way it does business.

“SUEZ’s purpose should reflect our people’s ‘why’. It underpins what drives us, ultimately building a culture and approach of how we work,” he said.

“Our purpose is what makes us get out of bed every morning. Our industry and our world are facing some wicked challenges, starting with climate change.

“I believe the biggest opportunity for SUEZ in Australia and New Zealand is to embrace a
true collective mindset. We can create an IP of collaboration and partnership driven by a
hunger for bringing innovative ideas to overcome these obstacles together.”

He says the sector is also facing a decade of significant change and investment in water.

“There are a few things our customers and the industry need to make this decade a success: making the right investment, delivering projects effectively by drawing from global
technology, knowhow and innovation, driving efficiencies to enable greater investment
opportunities, and stretching how we operate to meet increasing service standards and
expectations.”

Beyond these areas, fostering meaningful, long-term partnerships within the community is
essential, he said.

“SUEZ has always recognised the value of engaging with governments, NGOs, industry bodies and local communities to address water challenges comprehensively.”

“As a Director on the Board for the Australian Water Association, I have a fabulous window into what’s on the mind of our industry. We’re actively working together to build a sustainable future, care for the environment and create liveable communities with safe drinking water and sanitation.”

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