Draper Aden Associates of Blacksburg has named Jeffrey N. Lighthiser (below) CEO and president, effective Jan. 1, 2010. Bill Aden (left), current president/CEO, will continue to serve as chairman of the board and work full time for the firm. The change is part of a long planned transition.
Lighthiser is executive VP and director of marketing and growth. He has 33 years of engineering and management experience. He helped establish the Richmond office and served as office manager for 22 years. He holds the position of site planning and engineering division director and is a member of the board of directors.
“Jeff’s strong track record in engineering, management and business development will give the firm the depth of leadership it needs in order to continue our current success and what it will need to move our company to the next level,” says Bill Aden. “The Board has put the firm in good hands for the future.”
Aden, co-founder of Draper Aden Associates, will remain active with the firm in business development efforts and will take on special strategic projects for firm growth opportunities. He will continue his role in project work and mentoring.