Watertown, Mass. — VHB announced the appointment of Mike McArdle to chief development officer and Bill Ashworth, PE, ENV SP, to chief operating officer. These new roles have been established in response to continued strategic growth and will advance VHB’s market connectedness and operations as the firm strategically and successfully evolves to meet increasing client challenges and opportunities.
CEO Mike Carragher said, “It’s an exciting time for VHB. We’ve continued to experience strong growth and success, exceeding $200 million in revenue this past year. As we look ahead to achieving our long-term vision, we will continue to grow, as we have since our inception, and evolve our organization and leadership team to be best equipped to focus on effectively and efficiently delivering for our clients — improving mobility, enhancing communities and contributing to economic vitality. VHB has been extremely fortunate to have had the leadership from our founders that has grown our generational company over the last 38 years. We embrace this heritage of continuous improvement and now look to accomplish our next chapter of success.”
As CDO, McArdle will be responsible for establishing, guiding, directing, and overseeing the strategic growth of VHB’s markets and services with a focus on fostering deeper client relationships, as well as business development growth programs throughout the firm’s current and targeted footprint. Since joining VHB 18 years ago, McArdle has served as VHB’s national director of transit and rail, and then as transportation market and service leader. In these roles, he’s focused on building VHB’s geographic and market prominence throughout the East Coast. McArdle relocated from Boston to New York City in 2016 to help expand VHB’s team, services, and market connectedness. He will continue to work from NYC as CDO.
Ashworth, COO, will be responsible for executing and implementing VHB’s regional and office operations effectively by working with regional managers. During his 20-year career at VHB, Ashworth has played an important role in helping to solve complex challenges across public and private sector markets. He advanced to various leadership roles within the firm’s Rhode Island office before being named managing director. Most recently, Ashworth has served as New England regional manager, and has consistently worked to grow and improve business performance throughout the region.
“I’m inspired by Mike and Bill’s energy and their passion for solving client challenges,” said Carragher. “They are at the forefront of evolving industry trends and I look forward to working closely with them as VHB aggressively moves forward with a focus on always being at our best – delivering sustainable, context-driven integrated services.”