Woolpert Hires Keith Zecchini as Chief Technology Officer
The former AECOM and WSP chief information officer will be responsible for setting and executing Woolpert’s technical vision.
DAYTON, Ohio (March 4, 2019) — Woolpert has hired Keith Zecchini to serve as its chief technology officer (CTO). Zecchini has more than 20 years of experience in global information technology (IT) leadership, most recently working as corporate vice president and chief information officer (CIO) for AECOM and as global CIO for WSP.
At Woolpert, Chief Operating Officer Kirk McClurkin said Zecchini will be responsible for setting and executing the firm’s technical vision, in support of the firm’s strategic plan.
“Technology is woven throughout the fabric of our identity at Woolpert. As we grow, so does the technical vision that complements our strategic plan,” McClurkin said. “Keith will provide vital outside perspective and experience regarding merger and acquisition integrations, digital transformations, our movement to the cloud, creating smart workspaces and guidance on our overall IT and technology strategy moving forward.”
Zecchini said he was drawn to Woolpert because of the firm’s appetite to capitalize on investments to drive the industry and its digital transformation, along with the recognition of the role that technology will play in the future of the company. He said he also appreciates Woolpert’s culture that stresses leadership, excellence and work-life harmony, and appreciates the company’s size.
“What’s different about Woolpert as compared to some of the larger companies I’ve worked for is that, in addition to groundbreaking innovation and ideas, Woolpert is nimble enough to effect real change,” Zecchini said. “Doing a larger transformation at a smaller company allows me to see the firsthand results of our efforts, which fuels further, more comprehensive innovation. I already am seeing evidence that I’ll have a much higher level of job satisfaction here.”
Zecchini said he also is looking forward to the opportunity to bridge the firm’s business-facing research and development (R&D) opportunities with a traditional IT environment, breaking down the silos that can develop between these groups and fostering synergies that make the whole greater than the sum of its parts.
“We’ve got great people at Woolpert, and I’ve been impressed with the talent of the teams I’m working with in the IT and R&D groups,” said Zecchini, who will work out of his office in Princeton, N.J. “They’ve completed some really important initiatives, and I’m looking forward to collaborating with them on how we can maximize the opportunity and the innovation already in place at Woolpert. We have the backing, expertise and trajectory to be the world’s premier AEG (architecture, engineering and geospatial) firm, and I’m just glad to be a part of it.”
Woolpert is the fastest growing architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm in the country, delivering value to clients in all 50 states and around the world by strategically blending innovative design and engineering excellence with leading-edge technology and geospatial applications. With a dynamic research and development department, Woolpert works with inventive business partners such as Google and Esri; operates a fleet of planes, sensors and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS); and continually pushes industry boundaries by working with advanced water technologies, asset management, building information modeling (BIM) and sustainable design. The firm, which is 95th among ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms, supports a mission to help its clients progress and become more progressive. For over 100 years and with 28 offices across the U.S., Woolpert serves federal, state and local governments; private and public companies and universities; energy and transportation departments; and the U.S. Armed Forces. For more information, visit woolpert.com or call 937-531-1258.