Leah Bissonette

Leah Bissonette has joined New York City-based global engineer Environmental Resources Management (ERM) in a new position as managing partner for its North America power-sector work. She is based in Irvine, Calif. Bissonette is formerly an energy practice director for Navigant Consulting Inc.

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Phil McBride has been named New South Wales divisional manager of U.K.-based design firm Mott MacDonald Group Ltd., following its Aug. 12 acquisition of consultant Hughes Trueman Pty. Ltd., of which he had been managing director. The move is part of Mott MacDonald’s strategy to set up a base in Australia from which to expand across the Australasian region.

Fairfax, Va.-based design firm Dewberry has named Neal Wright as vice president, U.S. Defense Dept. market segment leader and principal in its Virginia Beach, Va., office. He had been vice president at AECOM Federal Programs as well as deputy district commander in Baltimore for the Army Corps of Engineers.

Jeffry Sterba

Jeffry Sterba has been appointed president and CEO of American Water Works Co., Voorhees, N.J., the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. He succeeds Donald Correll, who is leaving. Sterba had been chairman and CEO of PNM Resources Inc., an Albuquerque-based energy holding company. He also was executive vice president of United States Enrichment Corp.

ZweigWhite, the Wayland, Mass.-based design firm management consultant, has named Jeff Clark as managing director and principal of its mergers-and-acquisitions services group. He had been a M&A consultant to the firm’s parent, Eli Global. ZweigWhite also named Hobson Hogan as a principal in the M&A services group. He had been senior associate with FMI Capital Advisors and an engineer for The Coca-Cola Co.

AKF Group LLC, the New York City design firm, has named several new partners: Brian M. Mulkerrin, manager of its Boston office; Dennis M. Dyer, also based in Boston and leader of the firm’s national marketing initiative in health-care and the science and technology sectors; and Dave Teng, an electrical systems design engineer who is based in New York City, involved in the firm’s work in sustainable energy systems.

Roddy Boggus

Roddy Boggus has joined Parsons Brinckerhoff, headquartered in New York City, as senior vice president and U.S. aviation market leader. Based in Dallas, he had been executive vice president of aviation there for Nashville-based engineer Gresham, Smith and Partners. Boggus is a board member of the Airports Consultants Council and the Airport Council International-North America. PB is part of Balfour Beatty plc, London, the international infrastructure group operating in professional services, construction services, support services and infrastructure investments.

Toy S. Poole, a leading chemist and concrete properties researcher for the Army Corps of Engineers, has joined CTL Group, a Chicago consulting and testing firm, as a senior principal scientist. He is based in Austin, Texas. Poole is also a board member of the American Society of Testing and Materials International.

R. Michael Walden

R. Michael Walden has been named as vice president and director of design in Los Angeles for architect-engineering firm LEO A DALY, Washington, D.C. He had been principal and director of design at Nadel Architects; he is a former partner in charge of design for Dworsky Associates, Los Angeles. Walden is an instructor at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Design Communication Arts.

Hanson Building Products North America, an Irving, Texas, manufacturer of pipe and other structural materials, has elevated Mark Carpenter to senior vice president for its western region. He had been vice president and general manager of Hanson Pipe & Precast in the Northeast and now manages operations for 32 company facilities. Julie Porter is named corporate vice president of marketing and sustainability. She was vice president in the firm’s pressure-pipe unit.

Richard Capps has been named vice president and Southeast regional manager for engineer and planning firm STV/Ralph Whitehead Associates, Charlotte, N.C. Formerly Southeast transportation manager, he is responsible for managing the firm’s transportation and infrastructure groups in 10 states and Washington, D.C. Dan Moses is now the business unit manager for the T&I groups in Georgia and South Carolina, where he was the Charleston transportation group leader.


Environmental Science Associates, San Francisco, has promoted Mitch Marken, director of the consulting firm’s cultural resources practice, to vice president. He has been instrumental in developing and expanding the practice into multiple offices across the company. Marken joined the firm in 2007.

Southern Co., a major Atlanta energy firm and utililty holding company in the Southeast, announces three executive changes. Penny M. Manuel has been promoted to executive vice president of engineering and construction services for the firm’s Southern Co. Generation unit; she had been vice president of technical services. Replacing her in that role is Kimberly D. Flowers, who had been senior production officer at Mississippi Power, another Southern Co. unit. C. Ashley Baker, vice president of projects and construction in its western area, now is overseeing engineering, construction, procurement and project execution for a 582-MW clean-coal powerplant to be built by Mississippi Power.

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