In a unanimous vote on Sept. 24, the Massachusetts Dept. of Transportation board appointed Beverly A. Scott as general manager of both the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and of the DOT's rail-and-transit division. Set to start in late 2012 or early 2013, she is currently CEO and general manager of the Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Authority (MARTA); she will be the first woman to serve in her upcoming roles in Massachusetts. Scott also has been chief of the Sacramento Regional Transit District and general manager of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority.


She replaces MBTA's acting general manager, Jonathan Davis, who will resume his position as agency chief financial officer. He was in the acting role for the past year since Richard Davey became secretary of transportation. Also a finalist for the Massachusetts posts was Dwight Ferrell, MARTA deputy general manager and chief operating officer, says a published report.

Paris-based transportation engineer SYSTRA has named William "Bill" Crosbie president and CEO of its U.S. subsidiary, SYSTRA Consulting Inc., Little Falls, N.J. He replaces Diego Diaz, who was in the role since 2009 and now will be an adviser to Guy Verzat, CEO of the parent firm, a SYSTRA spokeswoman in Paris tells ENR. Crosbie had been vice president of railroad programs and deputy sector manager at Parsons Corp. as well as chief operating officer of Amtrak. Crosbie is based in New York City.

Thomas Peck has joined AECOM Technology Corp. as senior vice president and chief information officer, leading its global IT operation. He had been in CIO positions at Levi Strauss & Co., MGM Mirage and the entertainment business unit of NBC Universal. Peck is based at AECOM's headquarters in Los Angeles.

Day & Zimmermann, Philadelphia, has named David Hughes as vice president of construction in its NPS division, which provides plant maintenance, modification and construction in the fossil-fuel and nuclear-power sector. He was president and general manager of Applied Process Technology International, a biofuels process technology firm, and vice president of projects at Delta T Corp. He is based in Lancaster, Pa.


The American Public Works Association (APWA) on Sept. 24 elected Elizabeth Treadway as its 2012-13 president. She is principal scientist for water resources at AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, based in Johnson City, Tenn. Treadway is a 13-year AMEC veteran and leads its water-resources practice area. She previously served as environmental services director for the city of Greensboro, N.C. Treadway has been active in APWA since 1986 at both the chapter and national levels. APWA has 28,500 members in public-works roles in the U.S.