Normandeau Associates announces leadership changes

BEDFORD – Norman­deau Associates Inc., an em­ployee-owned environmen­tal consulting firm located in Bedford, announced changes to its leadership team. The Board of Directors approved the new appointments, im­plementing the next phase of the company’s strategic leadership plan.

"The purpose of this move is to build on Normandeau’s strong foundation and posi­tion us for continued suc­cess," said Pam Hall, who has served as both president and chief executive officer for the past 28 years.

As CEO, Hall will con­tinue to focus her efforts on management and the com­pany’s long-term growth and development. Hall, a long-time member of the compa­ny’s board of directors, was also elected chairperson in January 2015.

Robert Varney, Norman­deau’s executive vice presi­dent since 2009, succeeds Hall as president. Varney is the former New England Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protec­tion Agency and served as commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services un­der three governors.

Since joining Norman­deau, Varney has spearhead­ed strategic initiatives to expand both the company’s services to new markets and its geographic reach. Varney is recognized for instituting innovative approaches and policy initiatives that have served as national models.

"Bob’s unique qualifica­tions and demonstrated leadership make him an excellent choice as the next President," Hall said.

The Board named Colonel (Ret.) Curtis Thalken P.E., senior vice president, as chief operating officer. Thalken’s 25 year Army career in­cluded working in both aus­tere and developed environ­ments, and teaching in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. His last Army assignment was as Commander of the New England District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engi­neers (USACE).

Since joining Norman­deau in 2009, Thalken has assumed increasing opera­tions and business develop­ment responsibility for Nor­mandeau’s various offices and business lines.

In addition to these ap­pointments, the Board also named Rick Simmons, Paul Geoghegan, Christine Den­ny and Crissy Sutter as vice presidents.

Simmons and Geoghe­gan are Bedford-based se­nior managers who lead the company’s hydropower and power plant business. Den­ny manages the company’s Gainesville, Fla. office; and Sutter is an expert in the bi­ology and behavior of bats, many of which are rare and endangered.