Global Executive Team
Stephen J. Hickox, PE, BCEE, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, has more than 40 years of experience helping public-sector clients solve the financial, technical and regulatory challenges of complex environment and infrastructure projects. Before advancing to CDM Smith’s CEO, Steve was the group president of the firm’s Public Services Group – North America East and Latin America. Steve led the establishment and growth of CDM Smith's operations in Latin America. He holds a BS in civil engineering from Merrimack College and an MS in civil engineering from Northeastern University.
Timothy B. Wall, President and Chief Operating Officer, has more than 20 years of experience in environmental program and enterprise management. He led the firm's Federal Services Group, providing solutions to departments and agencies of the U.S. federal government, including the Bureau of Reclamation; the Departments of Defense, Energy, Homeland Security and Transportation; the Environmental Protection Agency; and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He has also directed complex remediation and compliance projects for industrial clients. He holds a BS in civil engineering technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology, an MS in environmental engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from Boston College.
Thierry Desmaris, Executive Vice President – Finance, has 25 years of senior financial management experience in the engineering and construction industry. Prior to joining CDM Smith, Thierry led finance and corporate development organizations, managed a major restructuring and recapitalization, and developed project financing for a publicly traded global engineering and construction firm. He has directed mergers and acquisitions in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has a BA in economics from Columbia University and an MBA in finance from Syracuse University.
M. Stevenson Smith, PE, Executive Vice President - Transportation, has 40 years of experience in transportation and enterprise management. Steve joined our predecessor firm, Wilbur Smith Associates, as a transportation engineer. He advanced through the company, directing regional and national operations in highway and bridge design, program management, traffic engineering and aviation before rising to become that firm's CEO. Steve joined CDM Smith's Executive Leadership Team upon our acquisition of Wilbur Smith Associates. He holds a BS in civil engineering from the University of South Carolina.
Peter W. Tunnicliffe, PE, BCEE, DBIA, CIRM, Executive Vice President - Global Market Development, has 38 years of experience, all with CDM Smith. He has directed operations and strategic efforts in the public, industrial, federal and international sectors. Pete established the firm’s construction subsidiary in 1992, serving as its president for 10 years. Most recently, he has directed project development and execution of some of the firm’s most significant construction and design-build projects. Pete holds a BS in civil engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a JD from Brooklyn Law School.