Michael Baker adds Denise Laferte as head of water practice

05 July 2023 Consulting.us 1 min. read
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Michael Baker, a Pittsburgh-headquartered design and engineering consultancy, has hired Denise Laferte as vice president and national leader of the water practice.

Based in Barrington, NH, Laferte will be responsible for driving growth in the practice’s portfolio, while also serving as an advisor to clients nationwide.

Michael Baker’s water practice offers consulting, planning, and engineering solutions for the entire water cycle – including services in scientific and technical analysis, concept through design, and construction support.

The firm’s projects focus on streams, lakes and reservoirs, water distribution systems, wastewater collection systems, and water/wastewater treatment plants.

Michael Baker adds Denise Laferte as head of water practice

Laferte brings more than 25 years of industry experience, including over two decades at Aecom, where she most recently served as federal business development leader of the North American water division.

She holds an MBA and bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and communication from the University of New Hampshire.

"The efficient storage and conveyance of clean, secure water and the transport and disposal of residual wastes are vital to the well-being of our nation's communities, and Michael Baker is at the forefront of providing innovative and sustainable solutions to our clients for the entire spectrum of the water cycle," said Kent Zinn, president, infrastructure. "I welcome Denise and look forward to her leadership as we continue to advance Michael Baker's position at the forefront of water resource initiatives."

Michael Baker provides design, planning, architecture, environment, construction, and program management services for diverse projects in bridges, highways, water, rail and transit, and aviation. The firm has 3,900 employees across nearly 100 locations nationwide.

Michael Baker in April announced several executive promotions, including the appointment of James Koch as EVP and COO and Brian May as head of the federal program division.