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Navigating towards a sustainable water future: the appointment of SUEZ Australia and New Zealand’s new CEO

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

As the water industry faces unprecedented challenges, Kevin’s appointment is a crucial milestone. 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.

Bringing over 20 years’ experience in strategic, commercial, economic and leadership, Kevin has been involved in the delivery of over 100 high-profile infrastructure projects, with a key specialisation in the water sector. During this time, Kevin has 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, Kevin 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 says.

“Our purpose is what makes us get out of bed every morning.”

Leveraging opportunity

The myriad of challenges such as climate, water scarcity, water security, ageing infrastructure, water quality, and the need for sustainable practices demand creative solutions, and Kevin’s acumen will be essential in devising a comprehensive strategy for local market.

“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.”

According to Kevin, 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.

“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.”

Kevin’s leadership will play a pivotal role in cultivating these relationships, ensuring SUEZ remains an active participant in solving local water issues, whilst helping customers towards their ecological transitions.

Read more about SUEZ and Kevin Werksman here.