People on the Move: Winsted, WSP, Bentley Systems and Burns

Jan. 20, 2023
Personnel updates from around the transit industry.

Winsted named Shawn Brady as its new vice president of product development. Brady brings more than 15 years of experience in control room engineering and design to the position.

Before joining Winsted, Brady worked in engineering, design and project management with firms, including Mauell, Diversified - Mission Critical Environments, Mitsubishi Electric and Barco. His work history includes engineering technology systems, designing consoles and consulting in control rooms in environments such as utilities, military, transportation and nuclear power facilities. These experiences are shaping his approach to his new role at Winsted.

“What really makes a difference for me is improving people’s working experience in their control environments,” Brady said. “When we improve an operator’s ability to function, we’re improving their ability to serve their mission, to keep others safe, to prevent emergencies and to manage situations that are often beyond the awareness of the general public.”

Burns Engineering, Inc., named Tony Koltuv, PMP, as vice president, railroad and transit. With more than 25 years of transportation project management experience, Koltuv brings a unique ability to untangle the logistical, organizational and technical challenges that commonly ensnare capital programs. Koltuv is widely respected as a results-oriented consensus builder, unifying stakeholders and motivating his teams to guide the industry’s most ambitious rail system improvements.

WSP USA has hired Chris Heald to join its Transit and Rail national business line where he will serve as principal director for major transit and rail programs/projects, including contract administration and contract supervision. He also oversees improvements to operational performance and helps support business improvement and growth initiatives.

Heald has more than 30 years of experience in rail and transit in the U.S., Canada and the UK, in both the public and private sectors. His broad skillset includes experience in rail system operations and maintenance, leadership of multi-disciplinary technical, advisory and safety teams and business operations such as organizational change and effective team building.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, promoted Brock Ballard, previously vice president and regional executive, Americas, to the role of chief revenue officer and hired Eric Boyer as investor relations officer. Ballard succeeds newly retired Gus Bergsma who joined with Bentley Systems’ acquisition of RAM International in 2005.

Prior to joining Bentley Systems in 2020, Ballard served in sales leadership positions with Dassault Systèmes, Autodesk and Océ. He reports to COO Nicholas Cumins.

Boyer brings more than 20 years of experience in investor relations and equity research, a deep knowledge of capital markets and a strong network of relationships. During his tenure as senior vice president and head of investor relations at IHS Markit Ltd., which was a global information services leader, its market capitalization increased from $8 billion to $44 billion. Prior to Boyer’s investor relations career, he spent more than a decade as a sell-side equity analyst at Wells Fargo and Deutsche Bank, where he covered various technology and related services sectors.

About the Author

Mischa Wanek-Libman | Editor in Chief

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the magazine’s editorial direction and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.