David Richter

David Richter


David  Richter, former CEO of global cost and project management consultant Hill International Inc., has joined Bureau Veritas, a France-based testing, inspection and certification company, as chief operating officer of infrastructure project management.

Richter, who left Hill in 2017, was CEO of an asset management fund and also ran unsuccessfully as the Republican candidate for a New Jersey congressional seat in 2020.

Bureau Veritas says Richter, who now is based in New York City, will oversee integration of PreScience, a California infrastructure management consulting firm it acquired in December, with revenue of about $25 million. Chuck Tran remains that firm's CEO, according to a spokeswoman.


Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc. Pittsburgh, has elevated Dustin J. Kuhlman to CEO from vice president. Employed by the company since 2006, he succeeds in that role Ken Miller, a co-founder who had held it since 2010. Miller continues as president and board chairman until the end of 2022. The company ranks No. 96 on ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms list with about $194 million in 2020 revenue reported, and No. 88 among the Top 200 Environmental Firms for 2021, reporting about $123 million in environmental services revenue.


Kimberly Burkert has been named CEO of Bala Consulting Engineers Inc., King of Prussia, Pa., succeeding company founder Michael Anastasio, who becomes chairman. She had been executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer. Bala ranks No. 387 on ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms list, reporting $36.9 million in 2020 revenue. 


Design firm WSP USA named Dennis Papilion as Denver-based president of its earth and environment business line. He joins the firm from a previous role as president of the western U.S. and Latin America environment business unit for engineering firm Wood. Papilion, also a former AECOM senior vice president, succeeds J. Steven Paquette, who is retiring from WSP at the end of January. 


The Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority in Florida has named Gregory Slater as executive director and CEO, effective on Feb. 1. Most recently serving as secretary of the Maryland Dept. of Transportation, he succeeds Joe Waggoner.


CDM Smith, Cambridge, Mass., has elevated Amy Corriveau to lead Trinnex, a new wholly owned technology unit it says will help utilities and infrastructure owners “achieve digital-first resilience.” A 21-year firm veteran, she was its vice president of digital solutions. Corriveau also holds committee leadership roles at the water sector professional group Water Environment Federation. 


InfraStrategies LLC, a Los Angeles-based infrastructure project development and funding consultant, has hired Joshua Schank, currently chief innovation officer at Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), as a partner and managing principal, effective in February. He had been a transportation policy adviser to former New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and president and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, a U.S. transportation policy think tank. Schank also has been named as a senior Fellow at the University of California-Los Angeles Institute for Transportation Studies.


Hisham Mahmoud, former president and CEO of Canada-based global environmental consultant Golder, has been named board chairman of Cumming, a Seattle construction and cost management firm. Golder, with more than $1.2 billion in annual revenue and 7,500 employees, was acquired in 2021 by WSP Global for about $1.14 billion. Mahmoud succeeds Cumming founder Finlay Cumming, who becomes board chairman emeritus. Cumming ranks No. 16 on ENR’s List of Top 100 CM-for-Fee firms and No. 15 on the Top 50 Program Management firms ranking. 


Hailey, Idaho-based POWER Engineers Inc. has elevated to the role of company chief operations officer Holger Peller, former executive vice president of its power delivery division, with David Leslie named to succeed him. Leslie had been division engineering manager. The firm also elevated Senior Vice President Randy Grass to the newly created role of corporate chief strategy officer. POWER Engineers ranks No. 33 on ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms list, reporting $577 million in 2020 revenue.