Christopher S. Miller has joined Granite Construction, Watsonville, Calif., as chief operating officer, effective Aug. 4. He had been managing director of global operations at CH2M Hill, among other senior positions at the firm. Miller also is a former director of federal programs at Jacobs Engineering.

Jacqueline Hinman, CEO of CH2M Hill Cos., was named on July 21 to the additional post of chairman, effective Sept. 18, the company said. She will succeed Lee McIntire, who will retire from the firm. McIntire, who was CEO of the company from 2009 to 2013, joined it in 2006, from a previous role as president of Bechtel Group's global civil infrastructure business and a board member. Announcing plans to leave the firm is Gregory S. Nixon, executive vice president and chief legal officer, who will become managing director of Cerberus Operations and Advisory Co., a unit of Cerberus Capital Management, according to a July 14 company filing. A replacement had not been named as of July 21.

Gary L. McArthur also joins CH2M Hill as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective Aug. 4. He formerly served as CFO at Harris Corp., a Fortune 500 international communications and IT company, since 2006. McArthur will succeed JoAnn Shea, who has been in an acting role since February, following the departure of CH2M Hill's former CFO, Michael A. Lucki. Shea will resume a role as chief accounting officer and controller. John Ciucci also is named president, as of Oct. 1, of CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co., the firm's unit responsible for key environmental work at the U.S. Energy Dept.'s Hanford nuclear cleanup site in Washington state. He had been chief operations officer.

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers has named Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin as a special assistant for strategic initiatives to Corps commander Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, in Washington, D.C. He stepped down on July 21 from his post as the 14th president of the National Defense University at Ft. McNair, also in Washington. Martin had held that post for just over two years, managing a major overhaul at the direction of Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Martin was selected in 2004 as ENR’s Award of Excellence winner for his planning and execution of the Army engineer support for the invasion of Iraq the previous year.

The Corps also announced several changes in its division and district leadership. Col. David C. Hill on July 24 takes command of the Dallas-based southwestern division, which covers seven states. He currently is director of the Chief of Engineers Office at the Pentagon and has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate for promotion to brigadier general. Col. Kevin P. Landers Sr. now is commander of the Wilmington, N.C., district and Lt. Col. Michael Sellers is named to command the Detroit district.

Reston, Va.-based Leidos Holdings Inc. has named Roger Krone, a former Boeing unit president, as its new CEO. He succeeds John Jumper, who now is chairman. Jumper oversaw the firm’s 2012 split from Science Application International Corp. The other new firm formed is called SAIC. Leidos ranks at No. 40 on ENR’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms, reporting $342.5 million in 2013 design and construction revenue. Its units include Leidos Engineering LLC, Leidos Constructors LLC and Leidos Canada. About 35% of reported revenue is in power and 11% in the industrial and petroleum sector. The parent firm, which also does IT, security and defense contracting, on June 4 reported a 17% decline in revenue for its latest quarter to $1.32 billion but also a rise in profit to $89 million from $76 million.

The Bowa Group Inc., a new Chicago-based construction manager and building general contractor, named Nosa C. Ehimwenman president and CEO. He had served as senior project manager with Providence, R.I.-based Gilbane Inc.’s special projects group since 2003.

Andrew "Andy" Goodwin has been elevated to CEO of The SMEC Group, a Melbourne, Australia-based engineering firm. Formerly chief operating officer, he joined the firm in 2012 from a previous role as Asia region president for Pöyry Group. He succeeds Ross Hitt, who has retired from the firm, which ranks at No. 74 on ENR's list of the Top 150 Global Design Firms.

Katrina Kersch has been named to a newly-created position as senior director and COO of the National Center for Construction Education and Research, an Alachua, Fla.-based non-profit that develops training, assessment and certification standards for construction and maintenance craft trades. She was workforce development director for the Marek Family of Cos., a Houston interiors subcontractor.

Jeff and Tim Phyffe have joined Chicago construction manager and real estate giant Jones Lang LaSalle as senior vice presidents, based in Los Angeles. The new roles follow the firm's July 14 acquisition of CLEO Enterprises LLC, an Orange County, Calif., CM specializing in health care facilities, of which they were principals and co-founders.

Nicholas J. Altiero, dean of Tulane University’s School of Science and Engineering in New Orleans, was named president of the American Society for Engineering Education, a Washington D.C.-based group with 12,000 members. He succeeds Vanderbilt University engineering professor Kenneth F. Galloway as president.

Lend Lease has named John Pignataro principal-in-charge of its Boston office, directing its construction project management throughout New England. He had been president and chief operating officer at New England Construction Co., Rumford, R.I.

Jeffrey L. Ray was named dean of Western Carolina University’s Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology in Cullowhee, N.C., effective Aug. 1. He replaces James Zhang who accepted a provost position with Kettering University in Flint, Mich. Ray had served as dean of Southern Polytechnic State University’s School of Engineering Technology and Management in Marietta, Ga.

FM Global, a Johnston, R.I.-based property risk insurance company with $5.6 billion of premiums last year, named executive vice president and 35-year company employee Thomas A. Lawson as CEO, effective Jan. 1. He replaces retiring CEO Shivan S. Subramaniam. FM Executive Vice President Jonathan W. Hall also is elevated to chief operating officer, effective Aug. 1.


Brian McCabe has joined Skanska USA Civil as a senior vice president and national director of its new power and industrial center of excellence. Based in Queens, N.Y., he had been vice president of business development at National Grid, an electricity and natural gas utlility company serving New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

John Risley has joined Durr Mechanical Construction Inc., New York City as vice president. Most recently he was vice president at O&G Industries and previously senior vice president at EMCOR Group.

Knoxville, Tenn.-based engineer Gresham, Smith and Partners has hired John B. Wharton as senior vice president. He had been a technical executive for the Electric Power Research Institute and strategic account manager for non-ferrous metals at CH2M Hill. Wharton also is a former president of the East Tennessee chapter of the American Council of Engineering Cos. He will lead industrial sector business development in eastern Tennessee, northern Georgia and the western Carolinas.

Sam Covino has joined TRC Cos., Lowell, Mass., as a principal, following the firm's July 7-announced acquisition of Covino Environmental Associates, an industrial hygiene services firm, of which he was president. About 40 employees join TRC.

JQ, a Dallas-based structural and civil engineer, has named Natalie Harvill as principal, the firm's first woman in that position, it says. She is formerly corporate associate at Parkhill, Smith & Cooper Inc., a Lubbock, Texas architect and a past president of both the South Plains chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers and the west Texas branch of the U.S. Green Building Council. Harvill now heads JQ's new office in Lubbock.

Joshua Wheeler was named director of Benton County, Ore.’s Public Works Dept., effective Aug. 4 He replaces Roger Irvin who retired. Wheeler previously served as public works director and city engineer for the City of North Chicago in Lake County, Ill.