WSP USA announced Thomas LeBeau as its transit and rail market lead, and Darwin Desen as its sr. managing director, transit, and rail. Both WSP VPs will operate out of the firm’s Dallas office.
LeBeau, with the support of the WSP transit and rail team, will expand and drive growth for the practice in the Texas region and will support the expansion of business development strategies in addition to ensuring the right technical talent is assigned to pursuits. He will also monitor that production work is delivered within scope, schedule, and budget.
LeBeau has held executive level positions in all areas of the industry including with both public agencies and private consultants, developing relationships with agencies such as Houston METRO, the Texas Department of Transportation, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Denton County Transportation Authority, Los Angeles Metro, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, and New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
In his new role, Desen will serve as a sr. program and project manager for the design and delivery of large, complex rail infrastructure projects, including freight railroad mainline, yards, terminals, and support facilities, and commuter and light rail projects associated with major rail programs. His experience on alternative delivery contracts will bolster our local team.
Desen has more than 30 years of experience providing services for both public and private clients managing a variety of projects across the country. He has participated in all phases of design from planning and alignment studies, conceptual design through final design, and development of bid and procurement documents for construction. Darwin has substantial experience working with Class 1 Railroads including Union Pacific, BNSF, and Norfolk Southern, as well as with multiple state and federal agencies including the Federal Transit Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, and the Surface Transportation Board, related to the planning and design development of rail infrastructure projects.