Cundall expands in Asia Pacific with three key appointments

Global engineering company Cundall has made three key appointments in Asia Pacific (APAC), strengthening and expanding its portfolio in the region. These include Julian Bott as APAC managing director, Alex Saez as APAC operations director, and Iris Chan as associate director in Shanghai, China.

Mr Bott has been with Cundall since 2005. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Hong Kong office in 2008 as well as leading sustainable design in APAC. Under his leadership, the Hong Kong office quickly picked up some landmark projects including the Hong Kong Children’s Hospital, and the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park Phase 3.

Mr Bott is currently based in the Sydney office and has been part of the APAC leadership team ever since. In this newly created role, he will be responsible for the overall APAC business direction and continuing to develop Cundall’s presence in the region.

Mr Saez joined Cundall Madrid in 2011 as part of the MEP team and re-joined Cundall’s Singapore office in 2017. He has a wide range of project experiences in aviation, railway, critical systems, hospitals, industrial, workplace, hospitality, commercial, lifestyle, and urbanism.

Mr Saez has delivered projects in over 20 countries having lived in Spain, UK, Romania, Emirates, Oman and Singapore. His new role will assist Mr Bott in developing the business across APAC and aligning business targets among the offices.

Ms Chan has been with Cundall since 2011. After briefly exploring other ventures in 2018, she re-joins Cundall’s leadership team this year to further develop the company’s business in China. Her expertise lies in sustainability design, carbon reduction strategy and building performances improvements.

Some of the projects in which Ms Chan has been involved include the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park, Sydney Opera House upgrade, and retro-commissioning portfolio management for the Hong Kong Government buildings. Her new role will oversee the Shanghai office’s operation and continue Cundall’s international excellence in China.

“I look forward to working with the amazing team of talent in APAC and cannot wait to see what is ahead of us at Cundall,” said Mr Bott. “Despite the recent economic challenges caused by Covid-19, our team manages to weave through since our focused sectors such as data centres, education, mixed-use, and building performance improvements continue to grow. Therefore, we are very glad that the business has been developing stably in the region and showing our thought leadership in the relevant areas at the same time.”

David Dryden, chairman and partner at Cundall also commented, “We welcome Julian, Alex, and Iris to their new roles in the APAC leadership team. Our team has been working very hard to build our APAC portfolio in the last few years, and I believe they will continue the good work.”

Cundall has been operating in Shanghai since 2007 and has been working collaboratively with the Hong Kong and Singapore offices to serve the Asia markets. After the successful introduction and integration of structural engineering into its list of services in 2018, the company has completed several multi-disciplinary projects including hyper-scale data centres, education campuses, bridges and infrastructure designs, to name a few.

Furthermore, Cundall is also on track to achieve its goal of being a carbon positive business by no later than 2025, with the Sydney office recently announcing that it had achieved net zero carbon status and other offices around the globe soon to follow.