April 2024 Vol. 79 No. 4


Business People


EPA named a new acting head of water; the second-in-command in EPA’s water office became the agency’s top water official. 

Bruno Pigott, currently principal deputy assistant administrator for water, replaced the outgoing assistant administrator for water, Radhika Fox, according to EPA spokesperson Remmington Belford. 

The leadership change comes as the Biden administration was in the midst of finalizing several key water regulations. 


Simpson Gumpertz & Heger’s (SGH) Engineering Mechanics & Infrastructure (EMI) group made organizational changes to its Boston Division to support continued growth and encourage specialized expertise. It’s now split into two client-focused, market-facing groups. 

Leading the Structural Mechanics & Materials (SMM) division Robert MacNeill, SGH associate principal. He has a background in mechanical engineering, with specialized interests and capabilities in the fields of engineering mechanics, nonlinear dynamic finite element analysis, failure investigation, and testing. He is active in the fields of transportation safety, rail infrastructure, and structures vulnerability and protection.  

SMM focuses on four core service areas: nuclear structures, science and defense, materials engineering, and advanced analysis. They specialize in delivering engineering mechanics insights and specialized finite element analysis across a range of structural analysis applications, including composites, seismic assessments, soil-structure interaction, impact, fatigue, contact, and nonlinear response. They also test material properties to identify material defects and anomalies, validate analysis results through physical testing, and push materials to their limits of strength and endurance.  

Water & Industrial Infrastructure (WII) division is led by Peter Nardini, SGH associate principal, who specializes in condition assessment, failure risk analysis, failure investigation, and repair for pipelines. He has particular expertise consulting on concrete, metallic, and HDPE pipelines in the water, wastewater, and power generation industries across the U.S. and abroad.

The WII group helps clients manage critical water and industrial infrastructure – including pipes, tanks, culverts, facilities, and offshore structures - for the water, wastewater, transportation, and power generation industries. It provides expertise in performing condition assessments, advanced soil-structure interaction and fluid-structure interaction analyses, seismic and blast analyses, failure risk analyses, failure investigations, repairs, laboratory and field testing, and asset management for these complex structures.

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) is a national engineering firm committed to delivering holistic advice for its clients’ most complex challenges. Leveraging collective and diverse experience, technical expertise, and industry knowledge of structures and building enclosures, advanced analysis, performance & code consulting, and applied science & research, it delivers unrivaled, comprehensive solutions that drive superior performance. With 700 employees in nine office locations throughout the United States, SGH’s industry-leading teams constantly seek to advance the meaning of what’s possible. 

Peabody General Contractors 

Peabody General Contractors, a heavy civil construction company specializing in underground utility services, appointed Clint Eskridge as its new general manager.

With over 25 years of experience in heavy civil construction, Eskridge has a deep understanding and proven track record in project planning, production and team leadership. Throughout his career, Eskridge has demonstrated a commitment to delivering high-quality projects, on time and within budget, while fostering a culture of safety and collaboration.

In this role, he oversees all aspects of Peabody General Contractor's heavy civil construction operations, including project management, operations, client relations and full P&L responsibility. He works closely with the executive team to drive strategic initiatives, cultivate new business opportunities and uphold the company's reputation for excellence in the industry.

Previously, he led operations for HEI Civil Enterprise, which acquired Peabody General Contractors in 2018. In that role, he leveraged his operations experience working alongside the Peabody General Contractor team to increase production and deliver successful, timely projects for clients.


DOZR, a leading online marketplace for heavy equipment rentals, appointed Kathryn Kennedy as chief growth officer.  

In this new capacity, she spearheads DOZR's continuing efforts to innovate and expand the company's market presence and revenue growth and delivers unparalleled value to customers and partners alike. 

With proven expertise driving exponential customer growth and acquisition strategies in highly competitive markets, she is well-suited to this pivotal role.

Previously, she served as the head of Global Customer Growth & Acquisition at Wayfair, where she led initiatives that significantly enhanced customer acquisition and retention strategies. Her tenure at Zulily, Amazon, and Expedia further underscores her dynamic leadership and profound understanding of e-commerce dynamics and consumer behavior. 

DOZR is the leading online heavy equipment rental marketplace, connecting contractors, construction companies, and individuals with the equipment they need to get the job done. With a vast network of trusted equipment suppliers and a user-friendly platform, DOZR streamlines the equipment rental process, offering convenience, reliability, and cost-effectiveness to customers across North America.


José Cuadrado was appointed Global CEO at Yanmar Compact Equipment (Yanmar CE), and Chairman of the Board at Yanmar Holdings Co., Ltd. He replaces Giuliano Parodi who, for the last six years, successfully led the transformation of Yanmar CE into a global leader – and who is now transferring to manage the Yanmar Group’s Strategy Division, as chief strategy officer.

In a career spanning more than 25 years, Cuadrado brings a wealth of relevant construction, industrial and automotive experience, working at leading brands that include Ingersol Rand, Doosan and CNH Industrial.  

He joined Yanmar CE in early 2023, as managing director of the company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region; markets that equate to a third of the company’s global sales. He will combine both Global CEO and EMEA roles until his successor is appointed, from his current base in Europe. 

In his new role, Cuadrado is responsible for leading increased organizational integration and improving financial performance, as well as driving customer success through best-in-class product development. He will play an important role in continuing the work of establishing Yanmar CE as a global leader in the compact equipment industry. 

A Spanish national, Cuadrado holds a master’s degree in business & economics from University of Valladolid (Spain). 

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