Turner & Townsend expands US infrastructure business


Turner & Townsend hires former Deloitte and NYC economic development executives to expand USA infrastructure and public sector practice.

Global construction consulting firm, Turner & Townsend, has announced the addition of two key strategic new hires to lead their government infrastructure and public sector business in the USA. Mark Blumkin has joined as executive vice president and leader for the USA infrastructure practice and Jennifer Rimmer has joined as senior vice president for government and public sector in the USA.

Blumkin comes to Turner & Townsend with extensive experience in both the public and private sector on delivering major transportation, energy and water infrastructure, as well as leading disaster recovery and resiliency programs.

He previously served in notable roles throughout his career, including as managing director of Deloitte’s infrastructure and capital projects practice, senior manager at PwC’s engineering and construction practice and as a value engineering consultant at the NYC Office of Management and Budget.

Rimmer also has extensive experience in both the public and private sector on large and complex real estate, infrastructure, and energy projects. She has led major economic development programs with a strong emphasis on resiliency, equity and environmental health and justice.

Previously, she has served in key roles throughout her career, including as vice president at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, as special advisor to a NY state senator, as director of strategic initiatives and sustainability for engineering consulting firm, AECOM and vice president for subsidiaries for New York State Empire State Development.

Commenting on the appointments, John Robbins, Turner & Townsend’s managing director for the USA, said: “With the signing of the landmark $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, we find ourselves at the beginning of a historic era of investment and growth in our nation’s infrastructure and public buildings, which are vital to supporting and accelerating economic development, commerce, security and safety.

“Mark and Jennifer’s deep understanding of the infrastructure and public sectors and creative approaches to problem solving will enable us to support our clients in delivering projects that will improve the lives of millions of people across the country.”

Rimmer said: “Supporting governments at all levels to deliver assets that help provide vital services to the American people will transform our nation and help create a safer, more sustainable, productive and inclusive world. I’m happy to join a team that is deeply passionate about rebuilding our infrastructure and delivering projects that connect, protect and uplift our communities. I’m looking forward to building on the firm’s history of success delivering major public sector projects around the world.”

Blumkin added: “The public sector and its private sector partners are beginning to plan, design and execute the projects and programs funded by the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. I’m excited to join a team that is deeply passionate about helping our clients to deliver on the promise of the IIJA and deliver projects that improve commerce, mobility, safety, resilience and equity for the public.”

Blumkin and Rimmer’s appointments come at a pivotal moment in the firm’s North America expansion, as the infrastructure and public sectors are a priority for Turner & Townsend on its path to double its business in the region by 2025.