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Stewart Announces Executive Leadership Promotions

Stewart Announces Executive Leadership Promotions

RALEIGH, N.C. – Stewart, an interdisciplinary design, engineering and planning firm, announced today it has promoted Lee Anne Nance to Chief Operating Officer (COO), Executive Vice President and welcomed Rebecca Ackerson to the executive leadership team as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Vice President. As members of Stewart’s executive team, Nance and Ackerson play key roles in the development and execution of the company’s strategic plans and programs.

“In addition to being experts in their respective fields, Lee Anne and Rebecca are excellent stewards of our company culture and values, leading by example through every aspect of the business they touch. We are honored to have them serving at this greater capacity and look forward to the perspectives they bring to their new roles,” said Willy Stewart, CEO and founder of Stewart. “As our executive leadership team continues to grow, the presence of varied backgrounds and expertise will help us continue to grow both our company culture and our business.”

As COO, Nance’s primary responsibilities will be to develop business strategies to increase the growth and success of the company’s practice areas as well as oversee the implementation of each practice area’s strategic goals. She will also continue to play a pivotal role in promoting Stewart’s culture, mission and values, sustaining initiatives started in her most recent role as Chief Strategic Officer.

As CFO, Ackerson will be responsible for planning, implementing, managing and controlling Stewart’s financial-related activities. In addition to overseeing accounting and payroll functions, Ackerson will establish financial operational strategies and long-term financial planning needs of the company.

Most recently, Ackerson served as Controller at Stewart where she oversaw compliance with all regulatory and internal controls.

Nance holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from North Carolina State University. Ackerson holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting from Meredith College and North Carolina State University, respectively.

To learn more about Stewart, please visit www.stewartinc.com.

About Stewart

Stewart is located throughout the Carolinas, with offices in Raleigh, Durham, Wilmington and Charlotte, North Carolina, and Columbia, South Carolina. With a unique interdisciplinary collaborative approach that results in stronger and more creative design solutions, Stewart serves domestic and international clientele, offering a full range of services to meet the needs of its clients, including:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Geomatics
  • Geotechnical & Construction Services
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Municipal Planning & Mobility
  • Sports & Events
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation

Stewart is a certified Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) with the State of North Carolina. The company was recognized as a 2019 Best Places to Work by Triangle Business Journal and Charlotte Business Journal. Stewart was also nationally ranked as a 2019 Top 500 Design Firm by Engineering News-Record. For more information, visit www.stewartinc.com or follow Stewart on LinkedInTwitter and Instagram.