Ted Wright has joined engineer-contractor KBR, Houston, as president of its North American government and defense business unit. Now based in Arlington, Va., he was most recently president of technology services and solutions for BAE Systems in Rockville, Md., the U.S. arm of U.K-based defense, security and aerospace firm BAE Systems plc.

AECOM Technology Corp., Los Angeles, has appointed Gary Lawrence as vice president and chief sustainability officer. He had been the urban strategies leader in New York City for U.K-based engineering firm Arup. Lawrence also served as a sustainability adviser to the Clinton Administration’s President’s Council on Sustainable Development and to the U.N. Habitat II global conference on human settlements.

Thomas Fortier has joined Philadelphia-based architect-engineer KlingStubbins as principal and managing director of its San Francisco office. He was previously at ZGF in Portland, Ore.

Sparling, a Seattle electrical engineering consultant, has promoted Kimberly Eiring to chief financial officer. She joined the firm last year as director of finance; she had been CFO at Ascentium Corp., Bellevue, Wash.


Stantec, the Edmonton, Alberta-based engineer-architect, has named Don Spiegel vice president and leader of its environmental infrastructure practice. Formerly project manager and vice president at MWH, he is now based in Sacramento. Roger Swanson has been named leader of Stantec’s architecture practice in the western U.S. as a result of its acquisition of architect Anshen + Allen, of which he was CEO. Dave Bennett joins the firm as a senior principal in the environment group, following its purchase of ECO:LOGIC, a Rocklin, Calif., water resources engineer, of which he also was CEO.

The Shaw Group Inc., Baton Rouge, La., has announced executive changes in its power group. Clarence Ray, formerly executive vice president, is now CEO of the group. Eli Smith has been appointed president and chief operating officer; he had been the group’s senior vice president of operations. Andy Dupuy moves within the group from executive vice president of its maintenance division to president of the fossil and renewables division.

Guarantee Electrical Co., St. Louis, has hired Bill Salzbrener as vice president for its western region, based in Aurora, Colo. He retired as president of Denver specialty contractor Intermountain Electric Inc. in 2007.


McDonald York, a Raleigh, N.C.-based contractor, has appointed Heather Denny as president. A 16-year veteran of the company, she served most recently as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Jack McDonald, formerly president, remains in the position of CEO. Michael McDonald will fill Denny’s previous position; he joins the firm from Day 1 Studios, Baltimore, where he was engineering director.

Architect-engineer Clark Nexsen, Norfolk, Va., has promoted Thomas Winborne from chief operating officer to CEO. Kenneth Stepka, the previous CEO, is now chairman. Additionally, Gregory Hall has been named chief financial officer; he had been principal in charge of the firm’s Raleigh, N.C., office since its opening in 2003. William Keen steps into the position of chief operating officer; he had been operations director.

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, a nonprofit group based in Clemson, S.C., that oversees professional licensing of engineers and surveyors across the U.S., has appointed L. Joseph Timms as president. He is a former Northeast-region president for the organization and past president and CEO of Pittsburgh-based Consolidated Natural Gas, now known as Dominion Resources Inc.

Thomas Loughlin has joined BSC Group, a Boston-based engineering-environmental consultant, as transportation project director. He had served as statewide highway operations director for the Massachusetts Dept. of Transportation.

Mike Bergeron has been appointed to lead a new construction mediation practice at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, a Washington, D.C.-based international law firm. He also is operations director of firm’s complex litigation and discovery center.


Randall “Randy” Thron has been promoted to senior vice president of federal programs at BRPH, a Melbourne, Fla.-based engineer-architecture firm. A 25-year veteran of the company, he formerly headed its integrated services department.

John Leopardi has joined architect-engineer Leo A Daly, Omaha, as vice president and director of operations for its Los Angeles office. He previously served as studio and operations leader for architect RNL in Los Angeles.

Michael Landry has joined industry management consultant FMI as senior associate of engineering, based in Denver. He was, most recently, vice president of finance at CH2M Hill Cos. and also served as vice president and head of mergers and acquisitions for The Shaw Group.

Ellana Inc., a New York City-based cost management, estimating and training firm, has hired John Ife as vice president of its cost management division and executive-in-charge of its cost-estimating activities. He had been senior cost manager at engineering firm STV and served as director of estimating at Forest City Ratner.

Theodore Engelstad, president of Midwest Testing Laboratory Inc., a Fargo, N.D., geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing firm, has been named additionally as regional manager of Terracon Consultants Inc., an Olathe, Kan., engineer. The action follows Terracon’s acquisition of Midwest in early September. It will retain its name as a unit of Terracon.