Mexican Economist Will be First Non-Spaniard To Lead Madrid Contractor FCC
Madrid-based global contractor FCC Group has named a Mexican economist, Carlos M. Jarque, as CEO. He replaces Juan Behar, who is set to leave the firm at the end of September. Jarque had been executive director of corporate, government and international relations at America Movil, a telecommunications giant in Mexico that FCC says is “the largest private company in Latin America.” The appointment comes a year after Mexican billionaire mogul Carlos Slim acquired a $25.6% stake in FCC. Slim’s family also controls America Movil, according to Reuters. Jarque is the first non-Spaniard to head up a large Spanish contractor, the news service says. International work made up more than half of the construction unit’s sales in 2014, FCC Chairman Miguel Jurado told ENR. Jarque also previously held high-level Mexican government roles.
Evelyn Henry Miller has joined Dallas contractor TDIndustries as chief financial officer. She had been in the same role at Agencies of Change, a marketing agency for mid-sized firms also based there. Miller also had been CFO at The Dallas Morning News from 2002-2009, presiding over financial restructuring that included $100 million in cost cuts, according to D Magazine, which named her one of its “top corporate finance pros” in 2012. TDIndustries ranks at No. 27 on ENR’s list of The Top 600 Specialty Contractors, with $433 million in 2014 mechanical contracting revenue. “The CFO of the future will be, and is now, more of a chief strategy officer than a financial manager,” she said in an April interview.
W. Troy Rudd will become executive vice president and chief financial officer of AECOM, effective on Oct. 5th. He was senior vice president, treasurer and chief operating officer of the firm’s design consulting services America unit and CFO of global design consulting. In the CFO role, Rudd will replace Stephen M. Kadenacy who remains AECOM president. In a research note earlier this month, Jamie Cook, lead construction sector analyst at Credit Suisse, says that Rudd “helped drive the capital markets efforts” to fund AECOM’s $6-billion acquisition of URS Corp. completed last October and has overseen integration. Rudd, who joined AECOM in 2009, is a former partner at management consultant KPMG. Keenan Driscoll, an AECOM vice president and assistant treasurer, succeeds Rudd as treasurer. “Management reiterated this did not imply any issues with the URS integration, which continues to perform well,” says Cook. AECOM has close to $20 billion in revenue.
STV Group, New York City, has elevated Gus Maimis to senior vice president and northeast territory manager for its construction management division. He joined the firm in 2008 and is an adjunct professor at the New York University Institute of Real Estate and at Pratt Institute.
The U.S. Green Building Council will elevate Chief Operating Officer Mahesh Ramanujam to CEO at the end of 2016, replacing Rick Fedrizzi, who is a co-founder of the sustainable construction ratings group and has led it since 1993. Ramanujam joined USGBC in 2009 as a technology senior vice president and was named COO in 2011. He also became president of the group’s Green Building Certification Institute in 2012.
Fotis Sotiropoulos will join Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, N.Y., as dean of its College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, effective on Oct. 15. He now is professor of civil, environmental and geo-engineering at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and director of the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory. His research focuses on simulation-based engineering science for fluid mechanics problems in renewable energy and environmental applications. Stony Brook says it has 3,800 engineering undergrads and 1,500 grad students.
T.Y. Lin International Group, a San Francisco-based global engineering consulting firm, has hired William K. Harnagel as Chief Financial Officer. Most recently, he was senior vice president for finance and accounting in the power group of URS Corp. T.Y. Lin ranks at No. 50 on ENR’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms, with $289 million in 2014 revenue.
Kore Infrastructure, a biosolids management firm that produces ultra-clean diesel fuel and other renewable resources from wastewater biosolids, has hired Steve Wirtel as executive vice president of business development. Most recently, he was a senior vice president at Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies and also held executive roles at Carollo Engineers and US Filter.
AKRF, a New York City environmental engineer and construction management consultant, has named Gill Mosseri and Jeffrey Vladyka as senior vice presidents. Both were previously employed by AECOM. Massieri was a vice president for business development and a principal-in-charge; Vladyka was vice president and deputy director of CM services at URS Corp., which AECOM acquired in 2014. He had been project executive on the MTA-Long Island Rail Road East Side Access project.
Bill Reeves has been promoted to executive vice president of safety and risk management at Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors, Richardson, Texas. He joined the firm in 2010, which ranks at No. 151 on ENR’s list of the Top 400 Contractors, with $450 million in 2014 revenue.
Holmes Group, a Christchurch, N.Z., earthquake and structural engineer, has elevated John Hare to CEO. He had been the firm’s technical director, but also served for two years as principal engineering advisor to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, created in response to the region’s devastating quake in 2010. The firm also has operations in Australia and the U.S.
Veteran industry executive Grant G. McCullagh has been named executive vice president of Pernix Group Inc., following its June acquisition of the building construction unit of KBR. Pernix says that McCullagh, a former vice chairman of AECOM, has been a senior advisor at the firm since 2014 and led the acquisition team. The unit now is the BE&K Building Group, reverting to its origin as part of open-shop contractor BE&K, which KBR bought in 2008. McCullagh also is named chairman of the building group.
Stephen W. Roth has joined Parsons Corp. as a Calgary, Alberta-based vice president of business development in its environmental, water, and oil and gas markets. He had been in that same role, as well as director of asset services, at Jacobs Engineering.