Mott MacDonald has appointed Michael Salvato as vice president of infrastructure advisory practices in the United States. He will be responsible for developing the consultancy’s advisory services across North America, working closely with experts across Mott MacDonald’s global network.
Before joining Mott MacDonald, Michael had a 20-year career with the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). During this time, he championed MTA’s enterprise asset management programme, an executive-level transformation initiative first set up under the president of New York City Transit. From 2015 to 2018 Michael served as the director and programme executive for enterprise information and asset management at MTA’s headquarters, introducing practices and information technologies across five operating agencies, capital construction and the corporation’s IT department.
While at the MTA, he led analyses to determine the economic value of the authority’s physical assets, benchmark the transportation system and develop evidence of its economic, environmental and social value to the region. Michael established and oversaw a US$500 million portfolio of improvement projects for buses, subways, commuter rail, bridges and tunnels, as well as the authority’s supply chain and information technology systems. The replacement cost of the MTA’s physical assets has been estimated to be US$1 trillion.
He also created new communities of practice in the areas of asset management, reliability, continuous improvement and change management, allowing agencies to share knowledge and accelerate bottom-up organisational change. During his time at MTA over 1,500 people were trained in maintenance, reliability, asset management, change management and improved performance and efficiency.
Nick DeNichilo, president and CEO of Mott MacDonald in North America, commented: “We are a world leader in infrastructure advisory services and Michael will be invaluable in extending this record of achievement. More and more, our North American clients require strong asset management support to get the most value from their constrained infrastructure budgets.”