AECOM Technology Corp., Los Angeles, has named James F. Thompson as CEO of international government services. In this role, he will lead the firm’s programs and projects with international governments. He had been CEO of AECOM’s Southwest and Mountain region in the U.S., encompassing 15 states. Thompson joined the firm in 2005, when it acquired his former company, J. F. Thompson Inc.


Nick Flew has been appointed managing director of the U.K. and European operations of Parsons Brinckerhoff, New York City. He had been director of Balfour Beatty Management, the professional services business of Balfour Beatty, the U.K.-based global construction firm that acquired Parsons Brinckerhoff in October. Based in London, Flew will lead the integration of Balfour Beatty Management and PB’s U.K. and European units into one company that will operate as Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Gary J. Cardamone, director of construction management for the Port of Long Beach, Calif., was elected chair of the Construction Management Association of America in October at its national conference in Orlando. A CMAA board member since 2005, he chaired its committee that produced the 2010 edition of the association’s standards of practice.

Mark R. Nay has joined WWCOT, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based architcture firm, as a principal. He had been managing principal of architect Carrier Johnson’s Costa Mesa, Calif., office. Nay serves on the Los Angeles County Architectural Evaluation Board and the California Architectural Foundation Board of Regents.


Top executives of two Canadian engineering companies acquired by Dessau Inc., a Laval, Quebec-based engineer and the province’s second largest engineering firm, have assumed executive positions with Dessau. André Fortin, formerly CEO of Progest Experts-Conseils Inc., Gaspé, Quebec, becomes director of major projects for a new unit called Dessau-Progest and will manage the parent’s Gaspé office. Sylvain Loranger, former president of Laval-based QSAR Risk Assessment Services, becomes Dessau’s senior director of health sciences. QSAR will be gradually integrated into the Dessau organization. Dessau is Canada’s fifth-largest engineering firm, with more than 4,300 employees.

Two executives of CH2M Hill Cos., Denver, have been elected to lead separate engineering technical associations. Udai P. Singh, vice president of the firm’s environmental services business group, is now president of Reston, Va.-based American Society of Civil Engineers’ Environmental and Water Resources Institute. The society’s largest institute, it has more than 25,000 member environmental and water resources engineers and scientists. Singh is based in CH2M Hill’s Oakland, Calif., office. Paul D. Swaim, vice president and global technology leader for water treatment, is now president-elect of the International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA). His two-year term begins in 2011. IUVA, based in Phoenix, has nearly 600 global members. The not-for-profit association is an information clearinghouse on ultraviolet technology as applied to water, wastewater, reuse and air treatment. Jerry Farrar also has rejoined CH2M Hill as aviation market segment director in its transportation business group. A former director of aviation at Earth Tech Inc., he also spent 14 years at CH2M Hill as a project manager and aviation chief engineer.


Gary Touryan has joined engineering firm Stantec Inc. as executive director of its transit and rail systems division, based in New York City. He had been senior vice president of Halcrow.

American Ecology Corp., Boise, has promoted James Baumgardner to CEO, as of Jan. 1. Now president and chief operating officer, he succeeds Stephen Romano, who continues as chairman. Baumgardner is formerly American Ecology senior vice president and chief financial officer, but left in 2006 to take on the same positions at environmental consultant SECOR International Inc. He rejoined American Ecology as president and COO in January 2009.

Brad Archer has joined Target Logistics, a Boston firm that builds and operates modular housing and construction-site developments, as chief operating officer. Most recently he was COO of ASCI, a Houston-based modular and container housing company.


Paul Douglas has been promoted to president and CEO of Edmonton, Alberta-based PCL, a group of construction firms operating in North America. Formerly COO of PCL’s Canadian operations, he succeeds as CEO Ross Grieve, who becomes executive chairman. Joe Thompson, who was chairman, remains a board director. PCL employs more than 3,300 full-time staff and more than 6,500 hourly craft workers. It is the largest general contractor in Canada and seventh largest in the U.S.

Terex Corp., the global construction equipment manufacturer based in Westport, Conn., has named Jacob Thomas as senior vice president with responsibility for product development, marketing and the Terex business system. Since joining Terex in 2007, he was vice president of product development and technology, leading the firm’s global engineering function. Thomas also served as a vice president in Navistar International Corp.’s engine group.