NEW YORK — Michael Mangione is bringing more than 25 years of experience at WSP USA, a leading engineering and professional services consultancy, to his role as national director of major projects. Jeffrey Heilstedt succeeds Mangione as the national highway and bridge market leader.
In Mangione’s new role, he will be responsible for identifying and developing project managers across all U.S. business lines within the firm, as well as recruit innovative talent to provide clients with expert leadership for their projects. He will also collaborate with our business lines on developing strategy and ensure project readiness.
“Mike’s vast leadership experience in transportation and his track record of successful collaboration across multiple business lines will provide WSP with opportunities for outstanding growth across all of our major U.S. projects,” said David McAlister, WSP USA chief development officer. “His expertise in working with project and program leaders on major initiatives will play a critical role in ensuring that our project managers are fully supported to achieve successful outcomes for our clients, and that WSP is providing his team with career growth, leadership and development opportunities.”
Mangione, who works in the firm’s New York office, has held multiple leadership roles with WSP since joining the firm in 1995. He most recently served as national markets director for transportation, overseeing the transportation end markets in highways and bridges, transit and rail, geotechnical and tunnelling, aviation and maritime. He also served as the national highway and bridge market leader and has led WSP’s highway, bridge, mobility operations and tolling business. He previously managed the firm’s Briarcliff, New York office, where he managed a staff of about 200 working on highway, bridge, tolling and transportation projects.
Mangione graduated from Manhattan College with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in structural engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer in 13 states and is an active member of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association; the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials; the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association; and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
In his new role as national highway and bridge market leader, Heilstedt will work closely with the firm’s technical and business leadership to grow the highway and bridge business. He will lead strategic growth, identify market trends, harness best practices and thought leadership, and address the full range of clients’ needs. Heilstedt will continue to serve in his current role as national tolling market leader.
Since joining the firm’s Chicago office in 2018, Heilstedt has been leading company-wide efforts to bring clients the most advanced and innovative tolling solutions, enhancing WSP’s presence in the tolling market. As a national resource, he works closely with tolling entities across the country that are looking to build new or rehabilitate aging facilities, generate new revenue streams and improve the experience for their customers. WSP supports turnpike authorities, state departments of transportation, regional mobility authorities, and concessionaires with a full suite of planning, engineering and management services. The firm provides services for most of the 25 largest U.S. toll agencies.
“With the infrastructure bill on the horizon, we are excited to have Heilstedt lead our highway and bridge business as it continues to evolve and exceed the industry’s technological and resiliency expectations,” said Sofia Berger, executive leader, Transportation national business line. “His leadership has been critical to the growth of our tolling business since he joined the firm, and his familiarity with our highway and bridge teams ensures that this transition will be seamless for us and for our clients.”
Prior to joining WSP, Heilstedt was regional business line leader for a large international engineering firm, where he was integral to the company’s tolling practice and led business growth for highways, bridges, airports, transit, freight rail and ports.
Heilstedt graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He is a member of WTS International and the International Bridge Tunnel and Turnpike Association.
WSP provides a full range of services to help transportation agencies meet the financial, technical and contextual challenges of delivering roads and bridges that address the economic, social and environmental needs of the communities they serve. The firm has expertise in all aspects of highway development including transportation planning, traffic analysis, urban design, environmental impact studies and statements, funding and feasibility analysis, preliminary engineering and final design, construction planning, and public communications and involvement. The firm’s bridge experts are well versed in steel and concrete bridges, including cable-stayed, arch, truss, segmental, suspension, girder, movable and floating, as well as multi-level highway interchanges.
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