Olsson Expands Executive Leadership Team

Lincoln, Nebraska (July 11, 2023) – Olsson has expanded its executive leadership group in a move that positions the organization for continued success. The 10-person team includes several new members and roles.

“It’s imperative that Olsson has a strong leadership structure in place as we continue to grow,” Chief Executive Officer Brad Strittmatter said. “This expanded team enables us to serve clients, provide a strong employee experience and build on our success.”

Strittmatter has served as Olsson’s CEO since 2016. He will continue to focus on Olsson’s vision, culture, brand expansion, succession and creating shareholder value.

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Jenkins will continue in the role he has held since 2010. Jenkins oversees finance and accounting, as well as Olsson’s legal, insurance and commercial real estate matters.

Two other tenured executive team members will serve in newly created positions:

Chief Relationship Officer John Olsson will oversee Olsson’s government relations group and will work to develop connections within the public sector. He has served on the executive team since 2009.

Chief Culture Officer Melissa Newton will continue to focus on Olsson’s people, overseeing the firm’s talent, organizational design and brand. She has been a member of the executive team since 2008.

The six new members of the executive team all have leadership backgrounds at Olsson:

Chief Operating Officer Ron Mersch will oversee Olsson’s markets, disciplines and geographies. He will focus on performance, efficiency, structural alignment and technical expertise. He previously led the firm’s Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Arkansas region.

Chief Development Officer Dave Roberts will lead Olsson’s growth strategy, including sales and mergers and acquisitions. Roberts previously led Olsson’s facilities practice.

Executive Vice President of Markets Sarah Foster will focus on strategy and operations across Olsson’s technical markets. Foster assumes the role after leading Olsson’s water practice.

Executive Vice President of Disciplines Len Swartz will focus on developing technical expertise and increasing capacity to serve a variety of clients. Swartz most recently led Olsson’s site civil practice. 

Executive Vice President of Innovation and Sales Jered Morris will oversee the firm’s business development efforts and will focus on using technology to expand client offerings. Morris most recently led Olsson’s sales and growth team. 

Executive Vice President of Talent Meghan O’Connell will implement strategies that promote a best-in-class environment for Olsson’s workforce. O’Connell previously led Olsson’s talent group.

Olsson is an engineering and design firm of people who craft expert solutions that improve communities. We offer consulting services in planning and design, engineering, field services, environmental and technology. For more information, visit olsson.com

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