EY Infrastructure Advisory expands US team

The firm’s infrastructure division has added three professionals with P3 experience in Washington DC, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

EY Infrastructure Advisory, an affiliate of EY’s US Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) division, has made a string of appointments to bolster its senior ranks.

The consulting firm has hired Tom Pelnik and Thibault Nardi as managing director and vice president respectively, and promoted Sue Lee to principal, thus adding three new senior-level members to the practice.

Pelnik and Nardi have both had previous exposure to the public-private partnership (PPP; P3) sector. Pelnik, who will be based in Washington DC, brings more than 25 years of experience to his new role. He joins EY from Grupo ACS’ North American Infrastructure Development arm, where he served as senior vice president of business development.

Before that he served as the founding director of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Innovative Project Delivery Division, “helping to pioneer the use of PPPs and design-build in the US transportation market,” according to the statement.

Nardi, who will be based in Los Angeles, also has a strong background in the P3 sector, having served as deputy manager of business development for Vinci Concessions in North America and worked for pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank. He previously was a project manager on the French economy ministry’s P3 task force.

Lee, who joined EY in 2012 when the firm acquired financial advisory firm Jeffrey Parker & Associates, will be based in Philadelphia. She leads major engagements with the State of Illinois and the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority and plays a critical role in the overall operations of the practice, the firm said a statement.

Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, led by Mike Parker in the US, advises clients on a range of projects including bridges, toll roads, ports, airports, mass transit systems and social infrastructure.