Pennoni Hires Chief Innovation Officer
Philadelphia, PA– Pennoni, a multidiscipline consulting engineering firm headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, has hired Markus Weidner to serve as the firm’s first Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) reporting directly to the president. As an AEC industry leader with more than 30 offices located strategically across the country, Pennoni’s creation of this role ushers in a new era for the firm with a renewed and more obvious emphasis on a “technology first” delivery approach. As markets have shifted and technology has become inseparable from everyday life and common pieces of the built infrastructure, the firm strongly felt it was time to realign the executive team in a way that strategically responds to and understands that shift.
The creation of the CINO role is also an acknowledgement that many clients’ needs have evolved beyond standard engineering services. A real need for ingenuity across all regions and service lines called for a dramatic shift in focus at the top. The broad recognition of this prompted President & CEO Anthony Bartolomeo, PE, ENV SP, F. ASCE, to create this new officer position. “The field of engineering is constantly evolving and in order to stay competitive and offer the superior services expected by Pennoni’s clients, we needed an individual dedicated to innovation,” said Bartolomeo. “Markus’ position will be key to Pennoni’s growth in market sectors that leverage the latest technologies to satisfy the diverse needs of our clients.”
Mr. Weidner is a seasoned information technology executive with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. His expertise includes technology infrastructure, enterprise resource planning, business process and workflow reengineering, document and project management, social/collaborative platforms, and voice/video communications systems. Weidner has held a number of director roles in the past, of which most have been in firms heavily focused on business transformation and growth through acquisition. His experience includes serving as Associate Vice President and IT Director at Pennoni several years ago. Weidner is a two-time Temple University alum with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, as well as a Master of Science in Management Information Systems.