McKim & Creed Welcomes New CEO, Steven W. Smith, PE
Raleigh, NC—The board of directors of McKim & Creed, Inc. is pleased to announce that Steven W. Smith, PE, has been appointed the company’s next chief executive officer, effective May 1. John T. Lucey, Jr., PE, McKim & Creed’s CEO since 2014, will continue to serve in the role of chairman of the board.
“Steve is a people-oriented leader. He understands our business and what it takes to be successful. He is a civil engineer who worked his way up through the ranks of his first professional employer to become president of his firm. His background includes a strong understanding of McKim & Creed’s core engineering and geomatics services combined with the experience of leading and growing an employee-owned professional services firm. Steve’s passion will help McKim & Creed continue our fantastic growth trajectory while driving important initiatives such as diversity & inclusion, safety and career professional development. And I am happy to welcome Steve to McKim & Creed and look forward to working with him,” said John in making the announcement.
“McKim & Creed is an extremely well-run business with a wonderful culture and tremendous opportunities for growth. I am happy to return to my roots in an employee-owned business. I’m glad to work in a people-oriented culture with a strong focus on technical excellence and client satisfaction. I am ready for new challenges and am excited about being able to positively influence the future of McKim & Creed,” stated Steve.
Steven W. Smith Background
McKim & Creed’s new CEO began his career in the engineering industry in 1985 with Chas. H. Sells, Inc. a New York-based transportation and geomatics firm. From 1999 to 2007, he served as president/CEO of the company and orchestrated its growth into seven states. In late 2007 WSP purchased Chas. H. Sells, Inc. and Steve became president of WSP USA’s transportation business.
In 2015 Steve relocated to the United Kingdom and joined WSP UK’s 7,500-person business as head of highways and bridges. In this role, he led the integration of WSP UK and the newly acquired Parsons Brinckerhoff. He helped combine the two companies into one cohesive unit. In 2017 Steve was promoted to managing director of WSP UK’s Transport & Infrastructure business and its 3,000 employees. During his six-year tenure, he also served as the WSP UK Executive Committee sponsor leading safety (2016) and Diversity & Inclusion (2018 -2020) across the business.
Steve has an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from SUNY at Buffalo and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.