Tony Purdon, Executive Vice President of Hatch Mott MacDonald, has been appointed Managing Director of the company’s West Unit, effective Oct. 1. As the leader of one of HMM’s four Business Units, Tony will be responsible for the engineering firm’s growth and development in the western United States.
Nick DeNichilo, President and CEO of Hatch Mott MacDonald, said, “In more than a decade with HMM, Tony Purdon has made an immeasurable contribution to our success. I feel confident that the major initiatives we have undertaken in the West will be in good hands.”
Purdon joined HMM in 2002 in Seattle, as project manager for an elevated section of Sound Transit’s first light rail transit segment. He went on to lead the design of the award-winning Sea-to-Sky Highway design-build-finance-operate project, which was a key commitment in securing the 2010 Winter Olympics for Vancouver and Whistler.
Purdon will fill the position previously held by John Townsend, who has announced his retirement from full-time service. Townsend joined HMM in 1995 as Resident Engineer for the Red Line extension in Los Angeles, and held a similar role on the multi-award-winning Arrowhead Tunnels project. He will continue to assist HMM with its growth initiatives throughout North America.
According to DeNichilo “John’s leadership of the West Unit since 2001 has been a major factor behind its growth in size and reputation. His expertise will be invaluable to the company going forward.”
HMM’s current projects in the West include the design role for the LA Metro Regional Connector design-build project, engineering and construction management on Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority’s Silicon Valley Rapid Transit extension, and program management services for the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project in Seattle.