January 23, 2023 – Sargent & Lundy is pleased to announce Victor Suchodolski has been appointed chairman, president, and CEO of the Chicago-based architect engineering firm. Suchodolski succeeds Thomas R. White, who has retired after a remarkable 38-year career at the firm.
Suchodolski’s industry experience, leadership skills, and commitment to the firm’s mission thoroughly align with the organization’s forward-thinking direction for service, growth, and innovation. Having joined the firm in 1997, he has contributed to multi-disciplined project work in nuclear power and electrical grid design, engineering, and project management. In 2011, he was promoted to senior vice president and managed the firm’s regional offices in Wilmington, Delaware, and Chattanooga, Tennessee. By 2020 he was appointed executive vice president and director of the firm’s electrical grid infrastructure services, during which time he led the firm’s opening and expansion of offices in New Jersey, Maryland, Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Puerto Rico. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in three states, has a B.S. in electrical engineering, and an MBA from Villanova University.
“I’m honored for the opportunity to shape Sargent & Lundy’s future by building on the foundation Tom and the executive team have established. Together with our talented team of employees, I’m confident we will expand upon our rich history of driving innovation and providing exceptional service to our clients. I’m eager to continue pushing the boundaries of what’s possible to drive the business forward and create a brighter future for our clients, employees, company, and industry,” Suchodolski said.
“I want to thank Tom for his service, leadership, and guidance over the past years. He has made a tremendous impact on me and Sargent & Lundy.”
White, who joined Sargent & Lundy in 1985, served as the firm’s chairman, president, and CEO from 2014 through 2022, having served previously in executive positions within the firm over the years. In addition to numerous career milestones and external business ventures as CEO, White led the firm’s expansion in the government services and oil and gas sectors with the 132-year-old firm’s historic first acquisitions of ARES Corporation’s energy services division and Summit Engineering. White and the executive team also made great strides to enhance the company’s culture with a focus on employee engagement and retaining and attracting the industry’s best talent. Additionally, White and his team directed the firm through internal change management during the tumultuous COVID-19 pandemic – a challenging time prompting unprecedented resiliency in staff and business operations.
Upon his retirement, White commented, “I leave Sargent & Lundy with a career’s worth of treasured experiences, lessons learned, friendships, and a great love for this firm. It’s the people who have made my time here so memorable, and they’re ready for the challenges and opportunities that will come their way under Vic’s vision.”
Sargent & Lundy is one of the longest-standing full-service architect engineering firms in the world. Founded in 1891, the firm is a global leader in power, energy, and decarbonization with expertise in grid modernization, renewable energy, energy storage, nuclear power, fossil power, carbon capture, and hydrogen. Sargent & Lundy delivers comprehensive project services – from consulting, design, and implementation to construction management, commissioning, and operations/maintenance – with an emphasis on quality and safety. The firm serves public and private sector clients in the power and energy, gas distribution, industrial and government sectors.