DAVEYMassachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced Aug. 4 that he will appoint Richard A. Davey as Transportation Secretary and CEO of the state Dept. of Transportation, effective Sept. 1. Davey will replace MassDOT Secretary Jeffrey Mullan, who said in July he would resign. Since 2010, Davey has served as MassDOT’s rail and transit administrator and as general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. He also had been general manager of Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad, a private firm that operates the authority’s commuter rail system. According to published reports, Mullan is returning to the Boston law firm of Foley Hoag, where he was a partner before joining the Patrick administration in 2007. He has been criticized for a breakdown in communication at MassDOT following the collapse of a tunnel light fixture in the Big Dig tunnel system in February that put agency operational procedures under scrutiny.
Dave Murphy has been elevated to CEO of PM Group, a Dublin, Ireland-based engineer and project management firm. A 22-year company veteran, he had been managing director of the firm’s western Europe region. Murphy, a corporate board member since 2006, succeeds Pat McGrath, who becomes deputy chairman for international development. PM Group ranks at No. 89 on ENR’s list of the Top 200 International Design Firms, with $91 million in non-Ireland revenue in 2010.
AECOM Technology Corp., Los Angeles, has named David Glover as its London-based deputy CEO of building engineering, "with specific responsibility to lead the business line’s global market sectors," the firm said on July 29. He joins AECOM from a previous role as a senior partner and chairman of the U.K., Middle East and Africa building practice at Arup, which he joined in 1989. The AECOM group that Glover now joins includes 4,000 building engineering professionals in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, says the firm. J. Parrish, formerly Arup director of global sports, joined AECOM earlier this year in a similar role, along with "a number of his colleagues," says Peter Flint, head of AECOM’s global sports group. Parrish was among the Arup managers involved in the firm’s design of the Bird’s Nest stadium at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. ARUP has named Tristram Carfrae to replace Glover. He remains leader of its global buildings practice, says a company spokeswoman. Carfrae also was named in July as a fellow of the U.K.’s Royal Academy of Engineering.
Ghassan Salameh and Gary Schulman have joined CH2M Hill Cos., Denver, as vice presidents following the Aug. 1 completion of the firm’s acquisition of the state and local government transit unit of consultant Booz Allen Hamilton. They had been executive vice president and senior vice president, respectively. Salameh now leads international business development for CH2M’s transportation business group, and Schulman becomes chief technologist for its transit and rail practice. CH2M Hill says the unit has $50 million in revenue and that more than 160 employees are joining the new parent. Matthew McGowan has also joined as senior vice president for corporate development, responsible for merger and acquisition activity and public-private partnership initiatives. He was managing director at Conway, DelGenio, Gries & Co. LLC, where he led the M&A unit, and also had served as managing director of the engineering, construction and infrastructure services team for Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc. CH2M Hill also named David Anderson chief information officer. He was vice president in the global services, transportation and construction group at Oracle Corp. Paul Swaim, CH2M Hill vice president and senior principal technologist, was elected president of the International Ultraviolet Association, Washington, D.C. The 500-member group promotes UV science, engineering and technology application, particularly for water and wastewater treatment.
Daniel Castro has been elevated to chairman of Georgia Tech University’s School of Building Construction, Atlanta. It is part of the university’s College of Architecture. Formerly interim chairman and associate professor of building construction, he is an expert in materials procurement, automation protocols and sustainable energy for buildings. As interim chairman, Castro prepared the proposal for a new building construction Ph.D. degree, which is set for approval in the fall. In 2014, the school also will host the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Construction Research Congress. Castro joined the faculty in 2006 from Ohio University.
Carol Lockhart and Dushan Arumugam have joined Woolpert, a Dayton, Ohio, engineer and geospatial firm, as project director and hydrographic operations manager, respectively. The new roles follow the firm’s July 15 acquisition of Geomatics Data Solutions, a San Diego hydrographic and bathymetric survey firm, of which they were founders and co-owners. Bathymetry is the study and mapping of underwater terrain.
Dennis Thompson has rejoined Manhattan Construction Co., Tulsa, Okla., as executive vice president of business development, responsible for all market segments in the U.S., Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. He had been president of the western region at Walton Construction. Thompson originally joined Manhattan in 1995 and left in 2001.