US programme management giant CH2M Hill has overnight named its former London 2012 boss Jacque Hinman as its new chief executive.
Hinman, formerly Rast, will succeed current chief executive and chairman Lee McIntire in January. McIntire will continue to serve as chairman.
Hinman has spent the last few years leading the US programme manager’s international operations and was the driving force behind CH2M Hill’s 2011 acquisition of Halcrow. She initially served as chairman and chief executive of the Halcrow Group during the transition.
Before that she spent two years living in London between 2005 and 2007 leading CH2M Hill’s bid team for the London 2012 delivery partner role, a contract the firm secured in joint venture with Mace and Laing O’Rourke.
In her role as head of internatinal operations she has also overseen the firm’s work on Crossrail, the Masdar low carbon city in Abu Dhabi and the Panama Canal expansion.
McIntire said he and board had been engaged in succession planning for the past few years, and that the timing was now right for Hinman to take over.
“I think we all feel fortunate to have Jacque as our new leader and a deep pool of talent behind her. We are excited to see the next stage in CH2M Hill’s growth,” he said.
Hinman said it was “truly a great honour” to be taking the helm.
“CH2M Hill is a global family of people solving the world’s biggest challenges. We have such a strong foundation of achievements on which to build our future,” said Hinman.
Headquartered near Denver, Colorado, USA, employee-owned CH2M Hill is a global leader in consulting, design, design and build, operations, and programme management for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. The firm’s work is concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environmental, energy, facilities and resources. It has a turnover of $7bn (£4bn) and 28,000 employees.
Rast has a 30 year relationship with civil engineering, beginning in the late 1970s as a civil engineering student at Penn State University.
After graduating in 1983 she plunged straight into working on probably the biggest environmental clean-up ever undertaken – the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) £9bn-plus programme to decontaminate thousands of abandoned hazardous waste dump sites across the country.
The EPA’s so-called “Superfund” meant new clients, different technologies, diverse professional capabilities, unknown risks, and challenges beyond anything previously imagined. As technically complex as Britain’s current nuclear decommissioning challenge, the job was also laced with political pitfalls and stakeholders to negotiate - and was classic programme management material.
She joined CH2M Hill midway through this programme in 1988 and from there she worked on major programmes in many other sectors, including defence, roads and rail before setting up her own management consultancy in 1997, advising infrastructure owners on how to structure big programmes.
She sold that business to Earth Tech in 2001, before rejoining CH2M Hill in 2005 to secure the firm’s role on London 2012.
She lived in London for two years while the vision and strategy was developed but is now based again in Denver - although her oversight responsibilities for projects such as the Panama Canal expansion, Masdar, Mumbai Airport and London Tideway Tunnels keeps her in the air and living out of a suitcase for weeks at a time.