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Deery Named Gannett Fleming’s Chief Growth Officer

Deery Named Gannett Fleming’s Chief Growth Officer


October 16, 2023

Man wearing glasses and a gray suit smiles for a portrait.Gannett Fleming has named Joseph Deery, PE, its first-ever chief growth officer, a position born of the firm’s continued expansion in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry.

“Joseph understands our industry, markets, and the clients we serve. With his proven track record and 36 years of experience, he is ideally suited to drive Gannett Fleming’s acquisitive and organic growth strategy,” said Bob Scaer, PE, Gannett Fleming CEO. “As an integral member of the firm’s executive leadership team, Joseph’s futuristic thinking will guide Gannett Fleming as we continue to solve our client’s most pressing infrastructure challenges.”

Deery, who initially joined Gannett Fleming in 2021 as a senior vice president and market executive, will now have responsibility for:

  • Overseeing the firm’s comprehensive growth operating plan.
  • Guiding all business development and sales activities.
  • Revamping core go-to-market strategies and systems.

“Gannett Fleming has a 108-year history of delivering incredible, high-quality work with integrity. Our current growth is building upon that strong foundation with a refined strategy and capture process and distinct sales organization that further focuses on how we help clients achieve their vision, all with the same inclusive culture that has made us a preferred employer in the AEC industry,” Deery said. “Now, backed by the strategic investment of OceanSound Partners, Gannett Fleming is in a unique position to further expand our firm, diversify our offerings in service to our clients, and continue to attract and retain the brightest minds.”

Before coming to Gannett Fleming, Deery served in senior leadership positions at Jacobs and HNTB and owned and operated a heavy civil construction company. Throughout his career, he has been known for his collaborative project oversight, strong relationships, team-first mentality, and keen understanding of clients’ needs. Always future-focused, Deery is a thought leader regarding mobility, technology, alternative project delivery methods, and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) in the AEC industry.

A man and a woman hand a check to a woman as part of a community involvement event.
Demonstrating Gannett Fleming’s commitment to the communities we serve, Joseph Deery, PE, left, and Tiffani Bryant, PE, PMP, MBA, right, presented a check to Karely Ordaz of The Unity Council, a social equity development corporation in Oakland, Calif., as part of Bay Area Rapid Transit’s Community Benefits Program.

A committed ally and advocate for small-, disadvantaged-, women-, and minority-owned businesses, Deery has a unique understanding of the challenges they face given his time as a small business owner. Therefore, he has helped countless companies succeed and will focus on these strategic partnerships and supplier diversity in his new role.

Deery is active in many community and professional organizations, including the American Council of Engineering Companies, American Society of Civil Engineers, WTS, Asian American Association of Architects and Engineers, and the Council of Minority Transportation Officials. He earned his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Roger Williams University and his Master of Engineering in environmental engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

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