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.

Voorhees, N.J.-based American Water Works Co. Inc., the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility, has elevated Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Susan N. Story to CEO. She succeeds Jeffrey Sterba, who is retiring. The changes take effect on May 9. Before joining the firm, Story was executive vice president of power utility Southern Co. She also was president and CEO of Southern Co. Services, which provides services to the utility's subsidiaries. Story also served as executive vice president of engineering and construction services. American Water will announce a new CFO at its May 9 annual meeting.

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.

Truck and engine manufacturer Paccar Inc. has elevated President Ronald E. Armstrong to CEO. He succeeds Mark C. Pigott, who steps down after 17 years in the role. Pigott becomes executive chairman. Robert J. Christensen is named president and CFO. The changes take effect on April 27. Armstrong, 58, is the first CEO, since 1965, outside the founding Pigott family. Paccar is the second-largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America behind Daimler AG's Freightliner brand. The 108-year-old firm says it generated $17 billion in revenue in 2012 and has 22,000 employees. Its common stock recently traded at $57.73 per share, down from a 52-week high of $60 per share.

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.

John Porcari, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Transportation Dept., has joined Parsons Brinckerhoff as senior vicepresident and national director of strategic consulting. Based in Washington, D.C., he was in his prior role since 2009. Porcari also served twice as secretary of the Maryland Dept. of Transportation and as chief administrative officer at the University of Maryland. DOT Secretary Anthony R. Foxx has named current Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez as acting deputy secretary and FHWA Deputy Administrator Greg Nadeau as acting administrator. Mendez is a former head of the Arizona DOT. Nadeau is a former deputy commissioner of the Maine DOT.

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.

Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis general contractor and construction management firm, has promoted Matthew Pfund to senior vice president. He had been vice president and joined the firm in 1995 as an engineering intern. Tarlton says its fiscal 2013 revenue topped $170 million.

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.