Managing director leaves Macquarie for HDR

DJ Gribbin has joined engineering group HDR as director of strategic consulting.

DJ Gribbin, a former managing director and head of US government affairs at Macquarie Capital, has joined Omaha-based developer HDR as director of strategic consulting.

“DJ’s focus on efficient project delivery and seamless partnerships brings incomparable value to our transportation programme,” HDR transportation director Charles O’Reilly said in a statement. “DJ strengthens our ability to collaborate with clients to deliver smart strategies that consider long-term financial viability.”

Gribbin has extensive experience in public-private partnerships (PPPs; P3s) and PPP procurement, not only due to his previous role at Macquarie but also while serving as general counsel at the US Department of Transportation from 2007-2009.

Prior to this, he was chief counsel of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) from 2003 to 2005. During this time he was instrumental in promoting tolls and road pricing as the new way to finance roads in the US.

According to the statement, HDR’s strategic consulting practice advises clients on developing, financing, delivering and maintaining their infrastructure programmes and projects. It is part of the engineering and construction firm HDR, which has 225 locations and nearly 10,000 employees around the world.

Infrastructure Investor had reported last August that Gribbin intended to leave Macquarie. In an e-mail sent to contacts at the time, Gribbin said he would be taking a month vacation and then returning to Macquarie in a consulting role “for a few months as I contemplate next steps.”

Nicholas Hann, executive director for infrastructure and co-head of North American P3s, has taken on Gribbin's responsibilities, according to a source. He is based in Vancouver, Canada.

Macquarie declined to comment.