For Michael Renshaw, getting the top job at Cardno after 11 years in the firm is a mix of humility, trepidation and excitement.
A week after his official appointment as CEO, the former international division executive general manager shares his plans and visions for the company including plans for market and service expansion in previously underserved markets, discusses the importance of private sector engagement and local ownership efforts to make development initiatives sustainable, as well as the company’s unique position in global development.
“[One of the] feelings I have is excitement about the potential to continue to grow this company and provide great development outcomes in emerging countries,” he explained in an exclusive interview with Devex. “We believe that we can provide a bit of a bridge between the aid and international development funding agencies and the private sector to maybe look here and do projects in partnership.”
42-year-old Renshaw, who succeeded Andrew Buckley, 57, after serving 16 years as Cardno boss, added: “We actually see part of [our] role, not just in the projects that contribute to development outcomes but [also] in transferring knowledge ... to individual countries to become part of our team.”