Firm Positions Practices and Markets for Growth by Spearheading Cross-Function Collaboration and Leveraging Collective Expertise
Location: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Date: April 13, 2017
Michael Baker International, a global leader in engineering, planning and consulting services, today announced that Bonnie D. Shepherd has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Practice Officer. In this role, Ms. Shepherd is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and leads the firm’s strategic planning process. She also oversees Michael Baker’s overall practice leadership, spearheads communication and collaboration across practices, and engages practice leaders in the exchange of expertise and capabilities to develop innovative and cost-effective solutions for clients.
Ms. Shepherd reports to Michael Baker’s CEO, Brian A. Lutes, and is based in the firm’s Baltimore office.
“Michael Baker remains committed to delivering solutions that consider the environmental, technological and sociological trends that impact our clients’ projects,” said Mr. Lutes. “Leveraging Bonnie’s collective industry expertise across our markets and practices drives our ability to deliver innovative solutions through resource-sharing and collaboration as We Make a Difference for the communities we serve.”
Ms. Shepherd’s experience includes: multi-modal transportation in architecture and engineering; strategic marketing, customer care, strategic planning and analytics of transportation systems; and work with Transit Authorities and Commissions for Ports of America, the Department of Defense and Municipal and Federal Governments.
Previously, Ms. Shepherd served as Michael Baker’s Senior Vice President and National Market Lead in the Railroad and Transit practice where she directed all activities related to the firm’s rail and transit national market. Prior to her position at Michael Baker, Ms. Shepherd was Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Systra, USA, where she focused on track, infrastructure, electrical and systems for new work in the Northeast region of the United States as well as the broader North American market.
She also served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Hatch Mott McDonald where she specialized in multiple disciplines and strategic planning and marketing within the transportation industry.
“I am a communicator and collaborator by nature and I look forward to putting my industry experience to work for the organization,” said Ms. Shepherd. “By further integrating and cross-selling Michael Baker’s practices and engaging practice leaders across the organization, our ability to grow and generate impactful solutions for our clients is unlimited.”
Ms. Shepherd supports numerous transportation-related causes and others through active membership and volunteerism including: board member and past chair of the American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF); member of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA); coach for the APTA mentorship program, where she provides motivation for the next generation of transportation professionals; co-chair of the International Conference of WTS, D.C., Philadelphia and New York chapters, where she advocates for women in the transportation industry; executive volunteer for the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO); member of the American Council of Engineering Companies; and as an advisory board member of the Association for the Recovery of Children (ARC).
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and communications from Weston Business College, in Ontario, Canada.
About Michael Baker International
Michael Baker International is a leading global provider of engineering and consulting services, which include planning, architectural, environmental, construction, program management, and full life-cycle support services as well as information technology and communications services and solutions. The company provides its comprehensive range of services and solutions in support of U.S. federal, state, and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of commercial clients. Michael Baker International has more than 6,000 employees in more than 90 locations across the U.S. and internationally. To learn more, visit www.mbakerintl.com
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Contact: Justin Falce