Shahram Vahdat has joined HNTB Corp., Kansas City, Mo., as vice president and group transportation director. He was a vice president and Los Angeles office manager at URS Corp. since 2008. Vahdat also is a former president of the American Council of Engineering Cos., Los Angeles County chapter. HNTB also has named David Tiberi a vice president and regional construction leader based in Santa Ana, Calif. He had been construction services practice manager and executive vice president of Athalye Consulting Engineering Services Inc., Lake Forest, Calif.

Jeffrey L. Ray, former dean of the School of Engineering Technology and Management at Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta, Ga., has been named dean of the Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, N.C. He succeeds James Zhang, who has joined Kettering University in Flint, Mich., as provost.

STV has named Jan Turner a vice president and midwest territory manager based in Chicago. She is a former vice president at Cotter Consulting Inc. and had been a senior principal technical specialist at Parsons Brinckerhoff. Turner also is a national director of the Construction Management Association of America and a past president of its Chicago chapter.

McDermott International Inc. has hired Stuart Spence as executive vice president and chief financial officer following the Aug. 23 departure of Perry L. Elders, CFO and senior vice president. Spence had been a vice president at Halliburton Co., in charge of its artificial lift product and service line. He joined Halliburton following its 2011 acquisition of Global Oilfield Services Inc., where he was executive vice president and CFO."We believe Spence has been brought in to focus more on strategy and operational execution for McDermott," said Jamie Cook, lead E&C sector analyst for investment banker Credit Suisse, on Aug. 22. "We do not believe this signals there is another shoe to drop in terms of problem projects, given that [CEO] David Dickson has been on board since October 2013."

Sandeep D. Shah, former managing director of New Delhi, India-based structural and earthquake engineering firm Taylor Design and Engineering Consultants, now leads Miyamoto International India. The new role follows Taylor's acquisition in July by California-based Miyamoto International Group. The U.S. firm also has hired Samuel Thompson, the former managing director of Liberia's National Housing Authority, to lead its new Monrovia-based operation in that country. Thompson also had been deputy governor of the Central Bank of Liberia.

Salvatore Longo has joined Tata & Howard Inc., a Waterbury, Conn., water, wastewater and hazardous waste engineering firm as vice president. The move follows the firm's acquisition, announced Aug. 27, of Roald Haestad Inc., a consultant also based there, of which he also had been vice president. Twelve employees have joined Tata & Howard in the deal.

The American Society of Civil Engineers has elevated Thomas W. Smith III, now deputy executive director and general counsel, as its next executive director, effective Jan. 1. He has served as general counsel since 1997 and in the deputy role since 2010. Smith previously practiced law in Northern Virginia with the firm of Hazel & Thomas, P.C., now combined with Reed Smith, LLP. Smith is a board member of the National Institute for Engineering Ethics and past chair of the legal section council of the American Society of Association Executives. He will succeed Pat Natale, who retires from ASCE on Dec. 31, after leading it for more than 12 years. The group, founded in 1852, has 145,000 members globally, it says.

Michael M. Feigin has rejoined Avalon Bay Communities, an Arlington, Va. real estate investment trust, now as executive vice president and chief construction officer, a newly created position. He is formerly corporate vice president of global procurement and travel for AECOM. Feigin also had been a managing director for Navigant Consulting and global construction industry practice leader for insurance broker Marsh. He had been a development director at Avalon Bay Communities in the 1990s. The firm develops, redevelops, acquires and manages high-quality apartment communities in the northeast, mid-Atlantic, Pacific northwest and in California.

Scott Bash has joined CH2M Hill Cos. as a vice president in strategic consulting. Based in Bellevue, Wash., he was associate vice president and asset management practice leader at HDR.

Skanska USA Building has hired Len Vetrone as co-chief operating officer for its operations in California, effective on Sept. 29. He will succeed Bob Babitsky, who will retire on Jan. 1. Vetrone, who will be based in Oakland, is formerly senior vice president of Webcor Builders

Vermeer Corp., a Pella, Iowa-based maker of trenching and boring equipment, says that third-generation family member Jason Andringa, now a unit president in the firm, will become corporate president and chief operating officer, effective Nov. 1. He then transitions to the roles of president and CEO on Nov. 1, 2015. His mother, Mary Andringa, becomes CEO and board chairwoman on Nov. 1, and will transition exclusively to the latter role on Nov. 1, 2015.

MKK Consulting Engineers Inc., a Greenwood Village, Colo.-based mechanical-electrical-plumbing design firm with six offices in five states, has named Kevin Pope as president and CEO. He succeeds Stuart Monical. Pope had been branch manager in Billings, Mont., since 2009.

Oldcastle Materials, a major U.S. supplier of aggregates, asphalt, ready-mix concrete and construction and paving services, has appointed Kirk Randolph as executive vice president for strategy and development. He was president of Oldcastle Materials' central west division and also held president and regional president roles with Ashland Inc.'s APAC group of companies.