We are built on the strength of our people. Our leaders guide the mission, drive the vision and uphold our collective beliefs.
We are built on the strength of our people. Our leaders guide the mission, drive the vision and uphold our collective beliefs.
Chief Executive Officer, WSP USA
Lou Cornell is chief executive officer of WSP USA. He has over 25 years of extensive and progressive design and management experience in the engineering, environmental, architectural and construction industry. Lou has been successful in running operations, setting the strategy and significantly growing profits for businesses with annual gross revenues in excess of $1.2 billion, covering all end markets.
He has been a part of the local fabric in California and the West Region since 2010 and has many well established relationships with public and private clients, as well as other consultants and contractors in the region.
Lou joins WSP in October 2019. Prior to joining the firm, Lou served as the senior executive for the Jacobs Buildings and Infrastructure Americas group, a geography that spans the western half of the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii. He was responsible for the vision, strategy and sales, focusing on planning, traditional design, PM/CM, design-build, operations and maintenance and P3 projects throughout the country.
Lou holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
Chief Financial Officer, WSP USA
Andrew Esposito joined the leadership team as chief financial officer, bringing valuable direction to our growth strategy. As CFO, Andrew will apply his almost two decades of diverse financial background in the industry to champion company-wide efforts and create shareholder value. Andrew will be based out of the WSP Orange office in California.
Key achievements for Andrew include numerous business integrations, development of Operational Finance Training for a multi-billion dollar enterprise and successful reorganization of multiple finance organizations that enabled stronger financial business partnerships and delivery of key targets.
Andrew has a bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of Connecticut.
Chief Operating Officer
Rich Driggs is chief operating officer at WSP USA.
With more than two decades of experience in the architecture, engineering, construction and real estate industries, Rich will be instrumental in ensuring our team remains strong and helping the firm run smoothly as we continue to grow. He will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of WSP and in the execution of growth-focused strategies.
Rich has more than two decades of experience in the architecture, engineering, construction and real estate industries. He was formerly the president and CEO of Heery International, a full-service architecture, interior design, engineering, construction management and program management firm. Prior to that, Rich held a series of executive positions over 21 years with Lendlease Corporation, a leading property developer, builder and owner, where he most recently served as executive vice president and head of integrated solutions.
He has a B.S. in building construction from Purdue University. He is a member of the Design-Build Institute of America, Construction Management Association of America and the Society of American Military Engineers.
President, U.S. Advisory Services
Denise Turner Roth is the first woman, and the first African-American woman, to lead a business line at WSP USA. As president of U.S. Advisory Services, she directs the firm’s strategic consulting services across all markets, including transportation and infrastructure, property and buildings, energy, and water and environment. She is responsible for integrating the firm’s technical expertise in planning, engineering, program/construction management and operations with the strategic thinking needed by owners, developers and operators to successfully deliver infrastructure programs and projects.
Prior to this role, Denise was chief development officer since 2018. She was responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of strategy and long-range planning for WSP USA. She brings expertise as a successful public sector executive to this position, along with experience in technology transformation, public/private partnerships, building services and economic development.
Throughout her 20 years of public service, Denise has held various leadership positions at the federal and local government levels with a focus on driving economic and administrative change. As former administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), she instituted organizational policy and process changes to engage consideration of local economic development initiatives in GSA property placement decisions and championed key strategic initiatives.
Prior to joining GSA, Denise served as city manager for Greensboro, North Carolina. Her leadership helped pave the way for several new and creative management changes in the city, including the reorganization of city departments and divisions to promote efficiency and improve service delivery and launching public/private initiatives, creating more than $75 million in city enhancements. She previously serviced as vice president for governmental affairs at the Greensboro Partnership, where she successfully secured $60 million in state funds to establish the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and UNC Greensboro Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.
Denise is a graduate of George Mason University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and government and received an honorary Doctorate of Letters in recognition of her distinguished public service. She has also recently been appointed as a fellow to the National Academy of Public Administration.
Senior Vice President and Director, Project Excellence & Delivery, U.S.
Steve joined the leadership team as senior vice president and director of project excellence and delivery. With almost three decades of industry experience, Steve will have a steady hand at the operational helm across all our end markets. He will be responsible for project management advancement and performance, project execution and delivery, as well as health, safety and environment and quality, reinforcing a focus on a culture of caring across our disciplines. Steve will be based out of the WSP Denver Tech Center.
Senior Advisor, U.S. Advisory Services
John D. Porcari serves as senior advisor in U.S. Advisory Services at WSP USA. He was president of U.S. Advisory Services since 2014, and has accepted a prominent leadership role outside WSP in support of U.S. national policy.
John was interim executive director of the Gateway Development Corporation (GDC) from July 2016 until early 2019. The GDC oversees the Gateway Program, a comprehensive rail investment program to improve current services, add resiliency and create new capacity for a critical section of the Northeast Corridor – the most heavily used passenger rail line in the country. Mr. Porcari remains an advisor to the GDC.
Prior to joining WSP in December 2013, Mr. Porcari was deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation. He served as chief operating officer for an executive branch department with a $77 billion annual budget, composed of 10 operating administrations and 55,000 employees worldwide. He twice served as secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation, from 2007 to 2009 and from 1999 to 2003, managing a state agency responsible for integrated highway, transit, aviation, port, bridge and tunnel authority and motor vehicle administration components, with 9,300 employees and a $3.2 billion annual budget. From 2003 to 2007 he was vice president for administrative affairs at the University of Maryland, serving as chief administrative officer and chief financial officer for the flagship campus of the University System of Maryland.
Mr. Porcari has a master’s degree in public administration from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York at Albany and a B.A. in political science from the University of Dayton. He has served on the board of directors of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the American Public Transportation Association, the World Trade Center Institute and the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
President, U.S. Transportation
Joe Pulicare is the president of WSP’s transportation and infrastructure sector, for which he oversees planning, design, strategic consulting and construction services within the United States transportation market, including highways, bridges, transit and rail and aviation, as well as ports and marine. A nationally recognized transportation industry executive, Joe has more than 30 years of experience.
Previously he served as the chief operating officer of the transportation sector with a range of responsibilities from strategic planning and client relationship development to market/pursuit intelligence and regional profit and loss analysis.
Prior to joining the firm, he was executive vice president and chief executive for transportation for the Americas operations of an international consulting engineering organization. He also held senior executive positions with several other consulting engineering organizations and previously served as a program manager and principal engineer with New Jersey Transit.
A registered professional engineer, Joe received a master’s degree in civil engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a bachelor of science in civil and environmental engineering from Clarkson University. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Public Transportation Association and WTS International.
President, Federal Programs and Logistics
Tom Lewis is president of Federal Programs and Logistics for WSP USA. Prior to its acquisition by WSP, Tom served as president of Louis Berger’s U.S. Division, and prior to that as its lead on environment, renewables, climate resilience, disaster and emergency management, and hazardous materials and waste services for federal, military, state/local, and commercial sector clients. In this role and previously as an engineer and manager across his 30+ year career, he has developed specialized skills and experience in complex program management, technology innovation, renewables and clean energy, climate adaptation and resilience, sustainability, civil and transportation engineering, waste to energy/commodities and recycling, environmental protection and ecosystem restoration, contaminated sites, groundwater and sediment remediation, brownfields redevelopment, geotechnical services, industrial hygiene/safety, disaster management and infrastructure recovery, emergency planning and security, water services, construction/program management, and independent expert/advisory services.
Tom has also served on a variety of boards and committees, including as chair. For the promotion, innovation and development of clean energy and renewables, this includes Advanced Energy NJ, the Transportation Research Board National Committee on Resource Conservation and Recovery, and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure Advisory Board at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Tom is a licensed professional engineer (PE) and passed the bar in multiple states, holds both a bachelor of science and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Connecticut, and holds a Doctorate of Jurisprudence with focus on environmental law/regulation from Rutgers University.
President, U.S. Water & Environment
Steven Paquette is the president of the U.S. water and environment sector for WSP USA, which provides full-service environmental, sustainability, water and wastewater services to a wide array of private, commercial, state and municipal clients. He brings over 30 years of senior management, operational and business development experience at major consulting engineering organizations.
Prior to joining the firm in 2015, he was a vice president of sales at a global infrastructure engineering company, where he had also served as the national water-wastewater business line leader. Previously, he founded and served as president of Groundwater Technology Government Services, a national environmental restoration firm providing environmental and remediation consulting services to state and federal clients.
Steve received an executive M.B.A. from the University of California and a B.S. in environmental engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is the chairman of the water infrastructure committee at AIAI, the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure, and a member of WTS Foundation, American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation.
Chief Operating Officer, Property and Buildings
President, U.S. Energy
Roger Blair is president of the U.S. energy sector of WSP, which provides a wide offering of professional services in markets including conventional power plants, energy services, renewable power and underground storage.
Roger joined the firm in 1981 and has held positions ranging from technical to senior management in the underground storage group. Roger was named president of the underground storage group in 2002, and in 2004 he also assumed overall management responsibility of the firm’s U.S. power division.
Roger holds a bachelor of science in geology from Illinois State University. He is a registered professional geoscientist in the state of Texas and a past president of the Solution Mining Research Institute.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Megan Van Pelt is chief human resources officer for WSP USA. She is responsible for the oversight of programs including strategy, talent acquisition, employee development, succession planning, compensation and benefits.
Megan has 20 years of experience as a human resources professional, with expertise in building talent, performance management and culture at major companies ranging in size from 400 to 130,000 employees.
Prior to joining the firm, she was with Starwood Retail Partners, where she led all facets of human resources for the company’s corporate headquarters and 30 properties across 15 states. She was a member of the company’s executive leadership team, providing guidance on leadership development, succession planning, compensation and integration of acquired companies.
Megan has experience working with several WSP partners and clients, including Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) and Lend Lease Americas. At JLL, she served as a senior vice president and head of human resources, responsible for strategic human resources needs for JLL’s brokerage, capital markets, asset management, project delivery services, public institutions and retail businesses. As executive vice president and head of human resources in the Americas at Lendlease, she was a member of the executive leadership team, responsible for such strategic human resources initiatives as organizational development, compliance, compensation and benefits, talent management, and learning and development.
She received a B.S. in business administration from Xavier University. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management.
Chief General Counsel, WSP USA
Stephen Dale brings 15 years of experience in professional services law, with an emphasis on contracts for public and private infrastructure projects, to his role as general counsel for WSP USA.
Previously, he created and led the company’s litigation group to manage all disputes within the Americas and major claims around the world ranging from construction disputes to employment matters. He has counseled project leadership on claim reduction and mitigation strategies and advises human resources on management issues.
Prior to joining the firm, Stephen was a partner at SmithPachterMcWhorter, PLC, in Vienna, Virginia, where he represented prime contractors and developed joint venture and teaming agreements for infrastructure and energy projects, including for public/private partnerships (P3s).
Stephen received a bachelor of arts and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has published numerous articles on construction law in leading journals and is the co-author, with Robert M. D’Onofrio, of Schedule Delay Analysis, published in 2014. Stephen is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has served on its board of governors—construction institute and board of directors—committee on professional practice. Named a Rising Star by Virginia Super Lawyers in 2009, he is a member of the bar in North Carolina and Virginia.