Javier Pérez-Fortea has been elevated to CEO of Globalvia, a Madrid-based infrastructure investment and operations firm half owned by contractor FCC, also Madrid-based. He had been corporate managing director and succeeds Juan Bejar, who continues as chairman. Before joining the firm in 2011, Pérez-Fortea was highways director for Spain, Europe and Chile for Cintra. Industry publication Public Works Financing says Globalvia is the world's second-largest transportation concessions manager. The firm said on Dec. 13 that it completed a $478-million capital fund-raising with three European pension funds.
Paul Nietzschmann has joined New York City-based consultant WSP as senior vice president. He will lead the firm's bridge design practice in New York and New Jersey. Nietzschmann was a vice president at Parsons Brinckerhoff and at Parsons Transportation Group.
Chicago power-sector engineer Sargent & Lundy LLC has elevated President Thomas R. White to the added roles of chairman and CEO, succeeding Alan W. "Bud" Wendorf, who has retired. White joined the firm in 1985. Wendorf was in his former roles since 2004. Sargent & Lundy ranks at No. 29 on ENR's list of the Top 500 Design Firms, with $530.5 million in 2012 revenue.
Barry Thacker has joined Schnabel Engineering Inc. as a principal. The new role follows the geotechnical firm's Dec. 3 acquisition of Geo/Environmental Associates Inc., a Knoxville, Tenn., consultant of which he was president and principal engineer. Business development manager Carol Moore now is a senior associate. They remain based in Knoxville. Geo/Environmental Associates becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Schnabel, which ranks at No. 210 on ENR's list of the Top 500 Design Firms, with $50 million in 2012 revenue.
Design firm HOK has named several new senior principals following its Dec. 16 integration of the New York City and Shanghai offices of architect BBG-BBGM. Louis R. Hedgecock, former BBG-BBGM managing partner, now is senior principal and director of hospitality. Other new senior principals are former managing partner Julia Monk in Shanghai, who now is a global director of hospitality interiors; and Christina Hart, who is its New York City-based global director of hospitality interiors. Also in New York City, former partner Marc Gross is senior design principal, and Marie-Paule Petitjean and Gregory Cranford are new principals. HOK says more than 50 employees have joined but that BBG-BBGM's former Washington, D.C., office will continue as BBGM.
Airports Council International–North America has named Kevin M. Burke president and CEO, as of Jan. 22. He was CEO of the American Apparel and Footwear Association and held government-relations roles at the American Bakers Association and National Association of Broadcasters.
Sean R. Henderson has joined Surety Partners of America, a Chester, N.J., construction surety bond writer, as chief financial officer. He was a partner of McGuigan Tombs & Co., a regional accounting firm.