Airswift doubles down on APAC growth with senior hires

Source: press release, 9 October 2019

From left, Ryan Carroll, Regional Director, Australia & New Zealand, and Mark van Rooijen, Finance Director in Singapore
From left, Ryan Carroll, Regional Director, Australia & New Zealand, and Mark van Rooijen, Finance Director in Singapore (photos: Airswift)

Airswift, the global workforce solutions provider for the energy, process and infrastructure sectors, has announced two senior hires to build upon its recent successes in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. Fuelled by the region’s booming energy and infrastructure markets, the appointments follow 20% year-on-year growth for the company.

Based in Brisbane, Ryan Carroll has been appointed as Regional Director, Australia & New Zealand, where he will be responsible for all in-country operations. Carroll has four years’ recruitment experience in Australia across industries such as civil engineering, construction and mining, and over six years’ experience within the wider APAC region, building business lines in construction, life sciences and engineering.

In Singapore, Mark van Rooijen joins the regional leadership team as Finance Director to oversee Airswift’s financial growth strategy. He brings a wealth of experience, having worked for over 15 years in the staffing industry. For four of these he was the CFO of South East Asia and was responsible for strategic planning and execution in the region.

These appointments come at a time of rapid growth for the company. In Australia, Airswift has seen a number of notable infrastructure-related wins, including a major resourcing contract with Alstom across 13 sites for the construction and commissioning of the Sydney Metro NW and the Sydney Light Rail.

The company has also achieved exceptional success in Papua New Guinea, where it currently supports 10 different projects in energy and infrastructure and currently employs more than 500 personnel. At the same time, a recovery in the oil and gas markets has led to a resurgence in FPSO projects in traditional hubs such as Singapore and newer locations like China, where Airswift recently expanded into the Nantong and Tianjin provinces in order to strengthen its capabilities in the region.

Calum Smith, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific at Airswift, comments, “The level of activity we’re seeing across the region is incredible. Australia’s investment in infrastructure is one thing, but the economic growth across the APAC region as a whole is great to be a part of.”

“With Ryan and Mark on board, we plan to double down on that success and drive even more growth across the region in coming years. With an economic transformation underway in the region, we envisage no shortage of major energy and infrastructure projects for some time to come. We are perfectly placed to connect companies with the talent that will be at the heart of these ventures,” Smith adds.

Airswift has continually adapted its strategy to drive sector diversification and this year marks a major milestone in the company’s APAC success story: non-oil and gas projects generated 40% of 2019 new business wins. The company now operates from 14 office locations throughout APAC and employs more than 175 staff.