WSP USA has announced the appointments of four staff into leadership roles in Los Angeles.
Victor Martinez, former area manager for the Orange and San Bernardino offices, has been appointed as the new Los Angeles office area manager and Southwest district manager; Cecily Way, former senior planning manager, has been named the new Los Angeles office operations manager; Steven Kats was named business development manager for Los Angeles, where he is responsible for driving the client engagement teams, including developing key client relationships; and Claudette Moody has been named director for policy, strategy and government relations in the Southwest District, a role she will assume in addition to her previous duties on the Los Angeles leadership team.
The group has delivered “numerous complex infrastructure projects ranging from the California High-Speed Rail—the single largest infrastructure project in the United States—to the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement.”
In their new positions, they will work closely with regional management teams to aim to deliver projects, support diversification and growth, drive strategic vision and ensure the region meets its financial goals.
In his previous role as area manager, Martinez demonstrated success in sales, operations and financial performance to grow the business in his region. Throughout his career, he has served in various leadership roles at the regional, district and office level.
Way provides a combination of leadership and industry expertise. Her interdisciplinary, proactive approach to problem solving enables her to manage and exceed client expectations and project objectives.
Kats will be responsible for developing strategic teaming arrangements for major pursuits. He is a board member for the Valley Industry Commerce Association and the American Council of Engineering Companies. He will also be taking on additional duties assisting on key pursuits in the Southwest District.
Moody’s new role includes assisting with the implementation of the firm’s strategic and civic engagement plans for both Los Angeles and the Southwest District. She is heavily involved in several local organizations, including Mobility 21 and the Los Angeles Business Council, where she has served as a board member for the past four years.
“Victor, Cecily, Steven and Claudette are exceptional leaders and mentors, bringing comprehensive experience in project and program management, business development and operations and strategic development expertise for planning, engineering, program and construction management, and procurement projects in the transportation and infrastructure business to their new roles,” said Chris Peters, WSP regional business manager. “Their deep understanding of the territory and robust community and agency connections provide the ideal framework for executing our clients’ ambitious vision for the region’s future.”