WSP Opus is now the New Zealand operation of WSP, one of the world’s leading engineering professional services consulting firms, following the purchase of Opus International Consultants Ltd (Opus) by its new ultimate owner, WSP Global Inc.
Ian Blair has been appointed managing director of WSP Opus, taking on the leadership role of the New Zealand business which is now part of WSP’s global network spanning more than 550 offices across 40 countries, and a workforce of 42,000.
Mr Blair was previously a member of the Opus global executive team with accountability for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). He is now a member of the WSP ANZ executive team.
“Our company has been a leading New Zealand design and engineering consultancy for 147 years,” Mr Blair says.
“We’ve established deep roots in this country, our expertise contributing to some of New Zealand’s most significant infrastructure and transportation projects.
“Now as WSP Opus, we have access to an even greater depth of expertise and talent through WSP’s extensive global network, to provide innovative design and engineering solutions to our valued clients and, ultimately, to benefit the communities they serve, today and into the future.”
WSP Opus’ combined strengths in the sectors of transport, property and buildings, and water and power, as well as world-class asset management, environmental services and innovation, are providing new opportunities for the business to deliver a broader range of services to clients in New Zealand.
The WSP ANZ executive team is led by Guy Templeton, president and chief executive for WSP ANZ.
“We’ve had a tremendous start to the year with our teams in Australia and New Zealand getting to know each other, meeting clients and collaborating on projects,” Mr Templeton says.
“This is a great example of leveraging our united passion and capabilities to strengthen our business.
“As part of WSP’s regional business model, our New Zealand operation now has the breadth of capability and the depth of expertise to transform our clients’ visions into realities, and help the local communities thrive.”