Firas Makarem Named President of CDM Smith's Federal Services Unit
FAIRFAX, Virginia—CDM Smith is pleased to announce the appointment of Firas N. Makarem, CFM, as the new President of CDM Smith’s Federal Services Unit (FSU). Located in our Fairfax, Virginia office, Firas will lead FSU in delivering advanced solutions to support the U.S. government in protecting lives, communities and the environment at home and around the world.
Firas has devoted 27 years to project and program management, sales, strategy, executive sponsor, technical advisor and subject matter expert roles. He earned national recognition in the areas of flood management, multi-hazard mitigation, as well as program and emergency management, and has managed services to the U.S. federal government, state and local agencies, specifically those agencies with water, facilities, and disaster response and recovery missions. This included oversight of several nationwide service and construction contracts with a capacity of more than $1 billion.
Since joining CDM Smith in 2005, Firas has advanced through leadership roles for program, construction and emergency management services globally and most recently successfully served as Senior Vice President and Program Services Group Director committed to growing CDM Smith in the program, construction and asset management markets through ingenuity, innovation, and technical luminescence.
Our services to U.S. Government Agencies over the last 40 years demonstrate our commitment to growing and delivering for this important client globally.
With a dedication to service and an integrated understanding of open communication, Firas takes on his new role. “Our services to U.S. Government Agencies over the last 40 years demonstrate our commitment to growing and delivering for this important client globally. I’m excited to work alongside the many talented leaders and team members to build on their successes and leverage the full strengths of the CDM Smith and organizations to drive further growth, diversification, and innovation to maximize our impact for our clients’ critical missions,” said Makarem.
Firas has a bachelor’s degree in urban systems engineering with a hydrology and hydraulics (H&H) and urban planning focus at George Mason University and obtained a master’s degree in engineering management with a focus in crisis, emergency, and risk management at George Washington University. He is also a certified floodplain manager. Throughout his career, Firas has been a key member of numerous industry boards and authored disaster management publications and presentations.
“It was important that the candidate demonstrate a balance of technical excellence, alignment of vision, win, and commitment to inspiration and leadership. Firas has demonstrated these characteristics throughout his career and is ready to lead the amazing FSU team,” said CDM Smith President and Chief Operating Officer Anthony B. Bouchard.
CDM Smith is a privately owned engineering and construction firm providing legendary client service and smart solutions in water, environment, transportation, energy, and facilities. Passionate about our work and invested in each other, we are inspired to think and driven to solve the world’s environmental and infrastructure challenges.