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Jacobs appoints new Executive Market Director – Water, ANZ

Mary Kanavoutsos has been appointed Executive Market Director – Water at Jacobs, looking after the Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) region.

Kanavoutsos is an Executive Director with over 27 years of experience in water infrastructure. She has held leadership roles in the design, project development and delivery of water projects in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East. Kanavoutsos' area of technical expertise is desalination and water reuse.

"This is an exciting opportunity to lead the growth and sales of our water teams across ANZ. I look forward to developing collaborative partnerships with our clients and the broader market as we navigate the challenges and opportunities in the industry," said Kanavoutsos.

Kanavoutsos will drive Jacobs' strategy forward to unlock growth and transform our water business in ANZ as she looks to enhance our client-facing capability and collaboration. In addition to her market director role, Kanavoutsos is the Jacobs governance lead for our major projects and programs of work across our water business in ANZ.

"As the challenges associated with climate change, water security, urbanisation, ageing assets and digitisation intensify, we're committed to proactively bringing innovative solutions to our clients to co-create sustainable and equitable solutions together," said Kanavoutsos.

"What's unique about Jacobs is the connectedness of our local and global talent and both the depth and breadth of experience and capability that allows us to deliver truly holistic solutions".

Most recently, Kanavoutsos was Jacobs' Regional Solutions Director for Water Infrastructure across the Asia Pacific, and before that, she was Jacobs' Technical Director - Drinking Water and Reuse.

"With water security and resilience becoming a major focal point for our industry and our region, solutions that unlock the water-energy nexus are critical to securing a more sustainable water future for our communities," explained Kanavoutsos.

"Jacobs has been at the forefront of innovation in these technologies for years, like how we've partnered with Singapore's Public Utilities Board (PUB) for over 30 years to create a model for sustainable water management."

Jacobs is supporting the International Desalination Association 2022 World Congress in Sydney at the ICC from 9-13 October 2022.

"We have several of our local and global water leaders presenting at and attending the event with a booth in the exhibition portion of the event. We invite you to visit us and meet our team of subject matter experts across purified recycled water, desalination and water and wastewater treatment."

Jacobs' goal is to solve the world's most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing. With $14 billion in revenue and a talent force of approximately 55,000, Jacobs provides consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.