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Aecom unveils new structure ahead of URS merger

Aecom has announced a new structure ahead of its merger with URS.

The consultant revealed it would acquire URS for £2.3bn in July.

The merger is expected to be completed next month, with the two firm operating as one business by January 2015. The merged company will have 95,000 staff.

In a newsletter to investors, Aecom president and chief executive Mike Burke set out details of how the merged firm would look.

It 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 includes architecture, cost consultancy, design, economics, energy, engineering, environmental, planning and programme management.

Steve Morriss, currently the chief executive of Aecom EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), will head the design and consulting services work in the region.

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.

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

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