Global design firm W.S. Atkins plc, London, has named German physicist and former construction executive Uwe Krüge as CEO. Effective on Aug. 1, he replaces Keith Clarke, who is retiring from the post. Clarke will remain sustainability director and play a role in Middle East business development. Krüge has been president of Cleantech Switzerland, a Swiss government export support group, and a senior adviser at Texas Pacific Group, an international private equity firm. He was also the CEO of Swiss high-tech firm Oerlikon Management AG but was replaced in 2009 after it recorded a 40% fall in sales. The former CEO of the central and Eastern Europe region for German contractor Hochtief A.G., Krüge was also the senior vice president and chairman of its subsidiary, Turner International, then based in Dallas.
In other news, Atkins says L. Dean Fox has been promoted to president and CEO of its Tampa, Fla.-based North American unit. He replaces Robert J. Paulsen, who was its president and managing director; Paulsen is now executive director of client engagement. Fox, who had headed the unit's design, federal, water, environmental and infrastructure groups, is a retired U.S. Air Force major general and formerly the service's chief civil engineer. Clarke is credited with returning Atkins to profit during eight years as CEO and spearheading its 2010 acquisition of PBSJ Corp., Tampa.
D. Kent Turner has joined New York City-based STV as a senior vice president in the firm's buildings and facilities division. He was vice president and director of architecture at HNTB Corp.
Stantec, Edmonton, Alberta, has elected Aram H. Keith as chairman, replacing Ron Triffo, who had been in the role since 1997. Keith has been a board member since 2005, when Stantec acquired The Keith Cos. Inc., a Costa Mesa, Calif.-based engineering firm at which Keith was chairman and CEO.
Charles McMillan has been named director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M., and president of Los Alamos National Security LLC, the firm that manages and operates the lab for the National Nuclear Security Administration. He succeeds Michael Anastasio, who has retired. McMillan was the lab's principal associate director for the weapons program. Pete Maggiore has joined the Los Alamos Site Office as deputy assistant manager for environmental projects. He had been director of environmental programs for Los Alamos-based consultant Edgewater Technical Associates and also served as secretary of the New Mexico Environment Dept.