ROSS TAYLORENGINEERING firm UGL has appointed Ross Taylor to the position of managing director and chief executive, effective 24 November.

Mr Taylor, a civil engineer by trade, has more than 30 years’ experience in the construction, engineering and real estate industries in Australia and internationally.

Prior to joining UGL, he held the position of group CEO at Tenix, a privately held engineering and construction company.

Over a period of 24 years, Mr Taylor has held various senior roles at Lend Lease Corporation, most recently as group chief operating officer.

UGL chairman Trevor Rowe welcomed Mr Taylor’s appointment.

“Combined with his leadership experience at Tenix, Ross brings a strong understanding of UGL’s engineering business and the needs of our clients across our end-to-end delivery model, from engineering projects to operations and maintenance.”

“Ross has extensive experience in driving operational performance, creating value for both shareholders and clients.

“The board believes this focus will strongly position UGL’s Engineering business as a market leader as the infrastructure investment cycle improves in the medium term with a number of significant opportunities across the rail, power and transport systems sectors emerging.”

Current MD and CEO Richard Leupen, will work with the board to ensure an orderly transition in leadership prior to Mr Taylor’s start date.