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Stantec appoints Dr Roger Vreugdenhil to lead Aotearoa New Zealand business

Returning home after 20 years leads to a big opportunity


Stantec, a world leader in sustainable design and engineering, has selected seasoned global executive and principal consultant Dr Roger Vreugdenhil as New Zealand Country Leader. He will be responsible for guiding the New Zealand operation to achieve its strategic, financial, and business development goals—critical to the overall success of Stantec’s global business and strategic plan.

‘I returned home to New Zealand after twenty years to take up Stantec’s Advisory Services Sector Leader role,’ says Roger. ‘This new role as Country Leader means I’m even more committed to serve Aotearoa and to be closer to my whānau (family) and whenua (land).’

Roger joined Stantec in 2006, holding several key leadership roles and delivering several significant projects since. Most prominently, he spent 10 years leading a large-scale utility transformation programme to improve operation and maintenance of all Qatar roads and drainage in support of the Qatar National Vision 2030 and FIFA World Cup preparation.

His 30+ year career began with earthquake research in California with the United States Geological Survey and a PhD in seismic liquefaction. This came in handy many years later when, as Practice Leader for Risk Management, Roger was responsible for building a risk model to assist with the rebuild of Christchurch following the devastating earthquake in February 2011 that killed 185 people.

Alongside the Practice Leader role, Roger spent two years as the Chief of Strategy for Asia-Pacific. He also spent several years in Australia where he held numerous senior roles with the Australian Leadership Team, including Strategy Development Manager and Water Resources Sector Leader.

Stantec’s Australia and New Zealand Regional Leader, Ralph Fouche helped select Roger as Aotearoa’s new Country Leader because of his expertise in strategy, communication, stakeholder alignment, innovation, business resilience, and proven ability to achieve breakthrough and sustained business performance. ‘Stantec Aotearoa is at a critical juncture in our history as we continue to successfully grow and deliver community infrastructure for our clients, and Roger’s leadership will provide a fresh perspective on our strategy going forward,’ says Ralph.

About Stantec
Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That’s why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind.

We’re designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

Stantec trades on the TSX and the NYSE under the symbol STN.

The Stantec community unites more than 26,000 employees working in over 400 locations across 6 continents—about 780 employees work across 17 offices in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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