Gannett Fleming, Inc., is expanding its Security and Safety Practice by four; joining the team is James "Jim" E. Smith, Gene Perry, Jacy C. Harper and Brandon S. Huckeba.
The firm says the expansion is “to meet the growing need to protect the country’s infrastructure.”
“There are innumerable benefits to connected or ‘smart’ infrastructure – greater efficiencies, improved and more reliable services, and responsive capabilities are just a few. But a host of risks and vulnerabilities come with these advancements,” said McEwan van der Mandele, CPP, vice president of the Security and Safety Services Practice at Gannett Fleming. “This is in addition to what might be considered more traditional threats like natural events, accidents, and terrorism. Jim, Gene, Jay and Brandon bring more than 120 years of collective experience to our team, which takes great pride in protecting our country’s infrastructure from these threats.”
Smith joins Gannett Fleming as director of Security and Safety Services, with a focus on the critical infrastructure and federal markets. Based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, he is responsible for leading security planning, project management, and business development efforts both in the federal government and internationally.
Harper brings more than 30 years of experience in public transit to Gannett Fleming and serves as director of Security and Safety Services. Based in the Phoenix office, he oversees security for Phase 2 of the PHX Sky Train® project, and leverages his deep knowledge of Valley Metro to provide safety and security services during design and construction of the public transportation agency’s South Central Rail project. He is also responsible for developing the safety and security business in the western region.
Huckeba joins the company’s Cybersecurity and Compliance Group as a cybersecurity professional with more than 25 years of experience in cyber counterintelligence, digital forensics and cybersecurity analysis, as well as in instruction.
Perry brings more than 25 years of safety and security experience to his role as a senior security and safety consultant for Gannett Fleming’s water and power clients.