Cheryl Norton has been named president of Kentucky American Water, Lexington, the state’s largest investor-owned water utility. She is the first woman to serve as president. Formerly vice president of operations for Illinois American Water, a sister company, Norton succeeds Nick Rowe . He now focuses on his role as senior vice president for the eastern division of the utility’s parent, American Water. Rowe remains based in Lexington.

John Barefoot and Richard Plymale Jr. have joined Mead & Hunt Inc., a Madison, Wis., transportation engineer, as vice presidents. The roles follow its Jan. 5 acquisition of RPM Engineers, of which they were president and CEO, respectively. Plymale is based in Charleston, W.Va., and Barefoot in Richmond, Va. Mead & Hunt ranks 171st on ENR’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms.


Pittsburgh-based contractor dck worldwide LLC has named Chuck Chrissis vice president of business development. He had been an independent sales management consultant and a business development director at Carnegie Mellon University, says dck. The firm also named Joe DeIuliis business development manager in its Pittsburgh region. He was owner of Pittsburgh-based Magnolia Construction Inc., a municipal heavy-highway contractor and site developer. Dck worldwide ranks 92nd on ENR’s list of the Top 400 Contractors.

Robert K. Futterman & Associates, a New York City-based real estate firm, has elevated Beth Rosen to managing director. Formerly a senior director, she joined the firm in 2001.

Richard J. Haller , president and chief operating officer of Detroit-based contractor Walbridge, is 2011 chairman of the Construction Industry Institute. The Austin, Texas-based group, which researches construction best practices, is made up of more than 100 owners, engineer-contractors and suppliers. Walbridge ranks 50th on ENR’s list of the Top 400 Contractors, with $961.9 million in 2009 revenue.

Hatch Group, Mississauga, Ontario, has named Ian Cluroe global director of marketing. He had been business development manager for Deloitte Consulting, based in Phoenix, Ariz. Hatch ranks 19th on ENR’s list of the Top 200 International Design Firms.


Marcia Ferranto , president and CEO of Women’s Transportation Seminar International (WTS), has been named to an additional role as CEO of the WTS Foundation, its nonprofit philanthropic arm. Before joining WTS in February 2010, she was executive director of the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, a Wilmington, Del., educational organization.

Dutch engineering consultant Grontmij NV has appointed Ina Brandes managing director of the De Bilt-based firm’s German business, Grontmij GmbH. With Grontmij since 2006, she previously was responsible for the German unit’s planning and design work. Brandes now succeeds Bernhard Schierenbeck , who is retiring after 25 years in that role and 40 years with Grontmij.

KlingStubbins, the Philadelphia-based architect-engineer, has promoted three managers. Xiaoyi Ma now is managing director based in Beijing. Christopher Ham becomes engineering design principal in Cambridge, Mass., and Nancy Siefert is named project director in Philadelphia.


Roger D. Nelson has been elevated to vice president of surveying at Merrick & Co., an Aurora, Colo., engineer. He is a 16-year veteran of the company, which ranks 107th on ENR’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms. Randy Kray has also joined the firm’s science & technology group as director of laboratory architecture

Parsons Corp., Pasadena, Calif., has made a number of executive changes. Brian C. Kaub has joined the firm as vice president of market development for its transportation group. He was director of large projects business development at Granite Construction Co. and is former president of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Construction Institute. Ray A. Fulcher was named vice president of mergers & acquisitions in its corporate strategy and development department. He had been corporate director of M&A integration at Northrop Grumman Corp. Ross Ridenoure is now vice president of nuclear energy Initiatives. He was formerly senior vice president and chief nuclear officer at utility Southern California Edison, responsible for all aspects of its nuclear business, including oversight of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in north San Diego County, Calif. Ridenoure also is current chairman of the executive advisory committee for the North American Young Generation in Nuclear. Thomas J. Rose , a Parsons vice president, was named to head up a new defense market sector within its infrastructure & technology group’s energy, systems and security division. He had been a business development manager in its installations and environment division.