AECOM has many impressive women working at a senior executive level to help drive AECOM's success worldwide

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AECOM has impressive senior executive women

AECOM has impressive senior executive women

Diversity and inclusion at every level of the company is key which is why globally AECOM has many impressive women leading from the highest ranks of the organisation.

Meet  some of these highly talented women and learn more about the important work they do for Prime Employer AECOM.

AECOM executive Kim Timm is passionate about mentoring

Kim joined AECOM as a bursary student 20 years ago. Since then she has worked in many different AECOM offices. She is currently based in the AECOM Centurion office in South Africa. This has given her the advantage of different approaches and ways of thinking. She has also worked on a wide range of fascinating projects, from nunneries and churches to conveyors and power stations. The diversity of these projects is one of the aspects that keeps her inspired and loving her work.

Her passion sits in the technical side of engineering. She enjoys managing projects and ensuring they run smoothly, but my favourite part of the work is solving problems. She feels that by mentoring those that are just starting their career, it enables them to look at things in different ways, hopefully more holistically. She helps them to understand that technical solutions cannot be considered in isolation from practical considerations.

She has been recognised Mentor of the Year at the 2019 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards. 

Lara Poloni is AECOM's first female chief executive

AECOM LaraPoloni

Lara Poloni started as a young urban planner 20+ years ago and has risen up to become AECOM’s first female chief executive. Lara Poloni knows first-hand the challenges faced by females trying to build a career in the infrastructure sector.

“Every year the bar is being raised in terms of workplace equality. Unfortunately, for years the infrastructure sector has lagged others in terms of gender diversity and equality, and we’ve really being playing catch up,” said Lara. "AECOM recognise the benefits of a truly equitable workplace and plays our part in helping to achieve that. Our people are proud to be part of an organisation that is leading change. Whether that’s senior leaders mentoring the next generation of female leaders, tackling pay equity, creating fully flexible roles or introducing domestic violence leave, the key is to be relentless.”

Linda Griego is on the AECOM board of directors


Linda Griego is an Independent Director on AECOM's Board of Directors. She has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Griego Enterprises, Inc., a business management company, since 1985. She was the founder and Managing General Partner of Engine Co. No. 28, a restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, from 1988 until 2010.

She also served as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Community Development Bank and was Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles. She is a Director of CBS Corporation and chairs the Board of Southwest Water Company.

Linda is a Director of the new Martin Luther King Hospital board and serves as a trustee of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. She has also served as a Los Angeles Branch Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

General. Janet C. Wolfenbarger is on the AECOM board of directors


United States Air Force retired General Janet C. Wolfenbarger is an AECOM broad member. A 35-year veteran of the Air Force and the branch’s first four-star female general, Janet Wolfenbarger commanded the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio from 2012 until her retirement on July 1, 2015.

As part of a decorated military career, Janet Wolfenbarger served as the military deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition and as the services director of the Acquisition Center of Excellence at the Pentagon. She also directed the B-2 System Program Office and commanded the C-17 Systems Group for the Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson. She began her career as a technical intelligence analyst in the armament division at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

Carla Christofferson is AECOM's Chief Legal Officer

Executive Vice President Chief Legal Officer AECOM - Carla Christofferson
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Carla oversees all aspects of AECOM's global legal function and leads its team of more than 200 lawyers, legal and compliance professionals and support staff. Her areas of responsibility include litigation, government affairs, ethics and compliance, SEC-reporting requirements, M&A and other transactional-related legal activities, and all legal support of global operations. Beyond her legal responsibilities, she oversees the risk management, IT security, security & resiliency and safety, health & environment departments. She is also a member of AECOM's Executive Leadership Team at the enterprise level.

Prior to joining AECOM, Carla was Managing Partner at O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, in Los Angeles, a position she held since 2008. During her 22-year tenure at the firm, she represented clients in a number of industries, including power, energy and oil and gas.

Carla has always been active in the Los Angeles community sitting on the boards of the Los Angeles Library Foundation and the Metropolitan YMCA. She was also co-owner of the Los Angeles Sparks Women’s National Basketball Association team from 2006 - 2014.

Mary Finch is AECOM's Chief Human Resources Officer

Mary E. Finch Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
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Mary leads AECOM’s human resources organization worldwide. Her areas of responsibility include talent acquisition, management and executive development, employee relations and training, performance management, compensation and benefits, diversity, organization planning and effectiveness, legal and regulatory compliance, and the company’s succession-planning and performance-appraisal processes. She is also a member of AECOM’s Executive Leadership Team at the enterprise level.

Previously, Ms. Finch had a successful tenure at Accenture, where she held positions of increasing responsibility since 2001 including serving as the senior managing director and chief operating officer for global human resources, leading 4,500 HR professionals worldwide. Prior to joining Accenture, she held roles of progressive responsibility with Abilizer Solutions and Accenture legacy firm, Andersen Consulting.

Heather Rim is AECOM's Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

Heather Rim AECOM
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As a member of AECOM’s Executive Leadership Team, Heather leads the firm’s 400+ global marketing and communications network to advance business development opportunities, inspire brand loyalty, and engage employees and the marketplace. Since joining the company in 2015, her responsibilities include brand and reputation management, advertising, public and media relations, corporate social responsibility, employee communications, digital communications and strategic marketing.

Prior to joining AECOM, Heather was Vice President, Global Corporate Communications, at Avery Dennison, a world leader in labeling and packaging materials and solutions. During her tenure, she led corporate communications initiatives in support of the company’s transformation to a more externally focused and sustainable enterprise. Her responsibilities spanned all facets of communications from reputation management to engagement of the company’s 25,000 employees.

Previously, Heather held corporate communications, marketing and investor relations roles at companies including The Walt Disney Company, WellPoint, Countrywide and KPMG.

In addition, Heather is an active member of the Los Angeles community and currently serves as Board President at the Downtown Women’s Center, dedicated to empowering women experiencing homelessness and formerly homeless women. She is an Advisory Board Member for the University of Southern California Center for Public Relations, and previously served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.

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