GZA names new CEO, COO

GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc., a Massachusetts-based multidisciplinary firm with offices in Fairfield, Hammonton and South Bound Brook, announced Monday it has named a new CEO and chief operating officer.

Patrick F. Sheehan has been named CEO. He will succeed William E. Hadge, who has been at the helm of the company since 2013.

The firm also announced John C. Murphy has been promoted to chief operating officer.

Sheehan, a professional engineer, has been with GZA for 28 years. He most recently served as one of GZA’s four operations officers. Before that, he was the company’s Metro Boston Office Manager and held several other leadership roles.

“I am truly honored to be chosen as GZA’s next CEO and look forward to working with John and the rest of our leadership to further grow and evolve GZA. Our growth and success have always been driven by our talented staff, commitment to our clients, and ability to develop innovative and practical solutions. Our ‘One Company’ philosophy allows us to execute our clients’ complex projects in any locale, while offering personalized attention and solutions. We will continue to apply this differentiating capability to both existing and new service areas to grow within our existing operations and beyond,” Sheehan said.

Murphy, a certified construction manager, has been with GZA for more than 30 years. He also most recently served as an operations officer for GZA. Before that, he was the company’s Northern New England Office Manager.

“I am excited and honored to take on this role and look forward to partnering with Pat and our talented management team to help move GZA forward. Clients can expect continuity and a continued focus on providing the highest quality service. At the same time, we recognize the need to be constantly innovating, responding to changing market needs and advancing our use of technology. GZA will continue to invest in the great ideas of our people while streamlining our ability to deliver practical real-world solutions every day,” Murphy said.

“I’ve worked with Pat for almost 30 years, and early on, he emerged as one of GZA’s strongest leaders and ultimately as the ideal choice for GZA’s next CEO. He has great humility, communication skills, business acumen, and vision that serve our clients and staff extremely well. I’ve known John almost as long, and he’s been at the forefront of many of the most significant projects and challenges the company has faced over that time. He is an exceptional leader and a master of operational efficiency. We are lucky to have two such strong leaders,” Hadge said.

Added Hadge: “For me, serving as CEO of GZA has been the greatest privilege of my life, and I am extremely grateful to my colleagues, our clients, and my mentors for their support, friendship and guidance.”