Alvarez & Marsal boosts LA office with P3 specialist

Former AECOM director Tom Kness, whose work with P3s began with the City of Chicago, joins A&M as a senior director.

Global advisory firm Alvarez & Marsal has hired public-private partnership specialist and former AECOM director Tom Kness to serve in its Los Angeles office.

Kness has worked on P3s for the past 15 years, with projects including the $4 billion LaGuardia modernisation – the continent’s largest airport P3 – as well as a campus improvement at the University of California-Merced, a light-rail project in the City of Ottawa and a statewide lighting project in Michigan.

“Tom’s extensive operational experience in this space provides deep-seated expertise to our growing list of P3 clients,” said Jay Brown, a managing director with A&M’s public sector services practice.

Kness began his work with P3s with the City of Chicago from 2004 to 2010, serving as P3 director under Mayor Richard Daley.

“It was kind of a new thing to a lot of us back then,” Kness told Infrastructure Investor.

He went on to work for engineering firm AECOM from 2011 until this year, serving as director of the firm’s P3 advisory before joining A&M.

“They have a strong background with public-private partnerships at the federal and social infrastructure level,” Kness said of the consultancy. “It just seemed like a natural fit to me to focus more on senior level advising of clients on P3 transactions.”

Headquartered in New York, A&M specialises in turnaround management. It has offices in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East and last year expanded its presence in Asia.