Job transitions: Rogers elected ICOLD president, Platz named CEO of Mead & Hunt

(Michael Rogers)

Two important job changes have been announced this week that affect dams and hydropower.

First, Michael Rogers has been named president of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD), succeeding Anton Schleiss.

“This is indeed a humbling and inspiring position for me as it culminates many years of service to ICOLD with a new responsibility of leading our important organization of 100 countries dedicated to the safe design and construction of large dams, including small dams and levees,” Rogers said in an announcement on LinkedIn. “Stay tuned as this is going to be an amazing three years as I work to strengthen our ICOLD National Committees and Technical Committees; improve our commitment to Capacity Building; increase the opportunities for our young engineers; and formalize ICOLD’s commitment to the safety of dams and levees around the world.” 

Rogers was elected July 3 at the ICOLD 2018 annual conference in Vienna, Austria. He formerly was Vice President-America with ICOLD.

Rogers is vice president and global dams practice leader with Stantec. He has more than 35 years of experience in the dam industry.

Second, Andy Platz has been named the new chief executive officer of Mead & Hunt, effective July 1. Platz also will continue as president, and former CEO Raj Sheth will continue as chairman of the board.

Mead & Hunt is a privately-held architecture, engineering, and planning consulting firm in the U.S. In the past 24 years, the firm has grown from 130 employees to more than 650. Offices increased from two civil engineering offices in Wisconsin to more than 30 multi-discipline offices across the nation. Revenues increased from $10 million in 1994 to an expected $125 million in fiscal year 2018.

Platz joined Mead & Hunt in 1985 as a project engineer in the aviation department and held roles as project manager, department manager, business unit leader, group leader and president.

“We have a fantastic team and company, and I am honored to be chosen to lead us through our next chapters,” said Platz in a message to employees. “Our industry is constantly changing — new delivery methods, new services, new markets, new technologies and new demands seemingly spring up every minute. Yet despite all this change, our values remain the same.”

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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