Arup forms new Americas region board

Members represent a cross-section of the firm’s various sector-specific consulting teams.

Architectural, engineering and construction consulting firm Arup has appointed a new Americas region board to lead its strategy and investments.

At the helm of the board as chairman is 29-year Arup veteran Andy Howard, who has previously served as group chief information officer and Americas region chief operating officer. In a company statement, it was said that Howard looks to “drive a progressive digital strategy that positions Arup as a leader in a radically different [architecture, engineering and construction] industry”. 

Leo Argus, who previously served as managing principal of the Arup New York office and led the social infrastructure and company's education business, will take the chief operating officer seat. 

Rounding out the board are former director of aviation Susan Baer, who joined the firm in 2013; Ignacio Barandian, who has led Arup's team of technical and financial transactions advisors in the transportation, energy, utilities and social infrastructure space; global infrastructure leader Peter Chamley, who has engineered “some of the most ambitious tunneling projects worldwide” and is the firm's leader in metro and tunnel design; sustainability and design-focused Arup fellow and chair of the Arup University in the Americas Fiona Cousins; director for global foresight, research and innovation Chris Luebkeman; global acoustics, audio-visual and theatre consultant Raj Patel; and principal and leader of Arup's healthcare business in the Americas Bill Scranton. 

According to the statement, the new board “will drive the vision for the firm's future”.

Founded in 1946, Arup is a provider of engineering, consulting and design services with roughly 1,300 employees in the Americas.