Transurban’s Gender Diversity Far Surpasses Industry in Leadership Roles
For three years in a row, WTS Corporate Partner, Transurban, has been named to the Australian Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s “Employer of Choice for Gender Equality” list. With approximately 1,500 employees in the U.S. and Australia, Transurban strives to provide a dynamic and stimulating work environment where employees feel valued and are encouraged to reach their full potential. A strong focus on gender diversity has resulted in a better gender mix at high levels in the company: nearly half (45%) of Transurban’s senior executives are women, and one quarter (25%) of Transurban’s board are women.
Transurban is an infrastructure investor and long-term operator of urban toll road networks. The company follows a unique model designed to align with government and citizen needs in congested metropolitan regions. In addition, Transurban is a Top 20 company on the Australian Securities Exchange and is listed on the Dow Jones World Leadership Index 2016. It serves customer needs across its 15 toll roads, including 13 assets in Australia and two in the United States. In the U.S., Transurban serves more than 3.5 million customers on the 495 and 95 Express Lanes in Northern Virginia. The company has long-term agreements with the Virginia Department of Transportation to operate and maintain the 495 and 95 Express Lanes, and is currently working with VDOT to extend the express lanes eight miles north to the D.C. line. Transurban was proud to support a total of $765 million in contracts to small and disadvantaged businesses, including the $490 million in contracts awarded to these businesses for the I-495 Express Lanes, making it the largest award to DBE/SWam in the history of the Commonwealth for a transportation project.
Transurban’s diversity vision is ‘to strengthen the Transurban community through inclusion, respect, and valuing difference.’ The company is committed to gender and cultural diversity in the workplace, and it provides flexible work arrangements to help its employees maintain work-life balance. Transurban’s workforce is made up of individuals with diverse skills, values, backgrounds, experiences, and needs. The company values this diversity and recognizes the organizational strength, opportunities for innovation, and other corporate benefits that it brings.
Transurban’s diversity policy includes a requirement for the Board to set measurable objectives for achieving diversity and to review both the objectives and progress in achieving them annually. According to McKinsey & Company, in the transportation industry just 6-9% of those on executive committees are women on average, and 8-9% of those on the industry’s corporate boards are women. While Transurban’s statistics are well above average for the industry, the company is committed to seeing even greater improvement in this area.
Transurban is proud to be part of WTS International, and many of its employees are actively engaged in WTS leadership and activities. WTS member Jennifer Aument, Group General Manager, Transurban North America, has been widely recognized as a female leader in the transportation industry. Shehas testified before major congressional committees, advised state governments across the country, participated in the U.S. Department of Transportation Peer Exchange Program, and currently serves on public-private partnership advisory boards for both the American Road and Transportation Builders Association and George Mason University. In 2015, Jennifer was named among the “Outstanding Women in the Building Industry” by the Women Builders Council, and in 2014 she was named “Woman of Impact” by CREW Northern Virginia.
Looking to the future, Transurban will remain committed to further support for women in the workplace, not just through the company’s work environment, but also through the benefits it brings to the lives of its customers.
To find out more about current U.S. employment opportunities at Transurban: please visit them at http://transurbanuscareers.com/
Pictured in photo: Women Leaders in the Transportation Industry Panel and Networking Event hosted and organized by Transurban at the Express Lanes Operations Center in Alexandria, VA. Left to right: Jennifer Aument, Transurban; Kristen Johnson, Transurban; Grindly Johnson, Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Commonwealth of Virginia; Norma Krayem, Holland & Knight; Sallye Perrin, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff; Deborah Brown, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff; and Selvaraj Rayan, Transurban.