AECOM, Los Angeles, a global design and management company, appointed John M. Dionisio as CEO and president, positions previously held by Richard G. Newman and Raymond A. Holdsworth, respectively. Newman will remain as chairman, and Holdsworth has been named vice chairman Corporate Development.
Dionisio also was named a member of the AECOM board of directors. His more than 30-year career has included senior management positions on AECOM's corporate staff and at AECOM operating company DMJM Harris. Additionally, Jim Royer was appointed COO, succeeding Dionisio in that role.
CTL|Thompson, headquartered in Denver, announced two new executive positions. Bill Hoffmann, P.E., accepted the new COO position. Hoffmann previously was vice president, senior principal engineer, and Colorado Springs branch office manager. Jeffrey Groom, P.E., was promoted to the newly created position of managing principal of Denver operations.
Groom had been the vice president and principal engineer, division manager of CTL|Thompson Materials Engineers, Inc., the firm's materials engineering and construction observation division.
Wilbur Smith Associates, a full-service infrastructure consulting firm with 75 offices in 18 countries, announced that Richard (Ricky) H. Ward, P.E., joined the firm's corporate headquarters in Columbia, S.C., as senior vice president and corporate director of business development. In this role, Ward will lead the firm's corporate communications and marketing initiatives consistent with Wilbur Smith Associates' new strategic plan. Ward comes to Wilbur Smith Associates with 21 years of experience in the engineering industry, including 13 years in private consulting and eight years with the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
Otak Inc., Seattle, reinforced its dedication to sustainable practices by hiring an advisor specifically to oversee and expand the firm's sustainability initiatives. Robin Rogers, who joined Otak as sustainability advisor, is a LEED-accredited professional. She has worked in architecture and engineering for more than 20 years.
James K. Valenti, Esq., P.E., general counsel and executive vice president of Schoor DePalma Inc., Manalapan, N.J., was appointed president of the New Jersey State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors for the 2005-2006 session.
After earning his bachelor's in civil engineering at Lafayette College, Easton, Pa., Valenti went on to obtain his Juris Doctor Degree at Fordham University School of Law, New York.
Rob Mullins, Ph.D., P.E., recently joined Fuller, Mossbarger, Scott and May Engineers, Inc., (FMSM) as part of the federal program management team. He has more than 27 years of program management and infrastructure experience in the public and private sectors. Mullins will focus on providing integrated infrastructure solutions to FMSM's clients with emphasis on expanding the homeland security practice in the firm. In addition, he will support client service and strategic initiatives in the water resources, geographic information systems, transportation, and design services programs.
The board of directors of Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, an engineering and environmental science consulting firm, selected Keith A. London, P.E., to be the firm's next president and CEO. Current President/CEO David D. Kennedy, P.E., will plan and assist in the t r a n s i t i o n .
London, who will assume his new duties on July 1, 2006, is a civil engineer with more than 20 years of experience in water, wastewater, and water reclamation projects. As a thirdgeneration Kennedy who has led the firm, Kennedy plans to continue various assignments to assist in the transition and to remain active in the company after July 2006.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Boyle Engineering Corporation, headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., acquired Stoddard & Associates, an engineering firm located in Los Banos, Calif. Stoddard & Associates provides civil design and surveying services to municipalities, special districts, and private clients. It will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Boyle and fill a strategic niche for Boyle in California's San Joaquin Valley.
BSC, a Boston-based multidisciplinary engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firm, acquired Rice & Associates, Inc. (Rice), an engineering consulting firm headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. BSC and Rice will operate as the newly named BSC Rice Associates and will continue to provide professional services under the existing local leadership.
The acquisition brings geographic diversity to BSC, as well as an opportunity to build a public sector services practice in the Southeast Atlantic region.
Rice's current president and founder, Steve Rice, P.E., will continue with BSC Rice Associates, PLLC as its principal in charge.