Gary Adams is President of Parsons Middle East Africa (MEA), a primary business unit of Parsons Corporation, a global engineering, construction, technical, and management services firm headquartered in Pasadena, CA, with 15,000 employees and revenues exceeding $3 billion. In this role, he leads the company’s land development, buildings, roads and bridges operations throughout the MEA region, and he provides regional leadership for the corporation’s other MEA business.
Prior to his role as President of MEA, Gary held positions with increasing levels of responsibility, most recently as Executive Vice President and Global Operations Director of Parsons Transportation Group (now known as Parsons Infrastructure). He has extensive experience in complex transportation projects, and his multidisciplinary background combines civil engineering, traffic engineering, highway design, and transportation planning. He is an accomplished project manager with experience directing numerous large and complex projects including design-build. He also continues to participate on selected mega- design-build and PPP heavy civil projects at the joint venture board level.
In addition to his management and engineering background, Gary spent four years lecturing on transportation topics at California State University, Long Beach, and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He has city and regional government experience as a former planning commissioner, city councilman, mayor, and has served on several regional boards, including a toll road authority and a regional airport authority.
Gary is a registered professional engineer and holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Gary has been active in several professional organizations and has presented on various topics, including alternative delivery and project/program management best practices. He is a fellow in both the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Institute of Transportation Engineers and is a member of the American Council of Engineering Companies, the Design Professionals Coalition, and the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.