News / Stewart appoints Lee Anne Nance as president, promotes from within to name new executive leadership roles!

January 2nd / 2022

Stewart appoints Lee Anne Nance as president, promotes from within to name new executive leadership roles!

Former Stewart president, George Stanziale, assumes new role as chairman of the design, engineering and planning firm’s board of directors

RALEIGH, N.C. – Stewart, an interdisciplinary design, engineering and planning firm, has promoted Lee Anne Nance to the role of president. The firm is also celebrating the promotions of several employees who are assuming new leadership roles.

Building on her decades of experience in marketing, business consulting and economic development roles, Nance was the first woman to serve on Stewart’s executive team when she joined the company as chief strategy officer in 2017. Half of Stewart’s C-suite executive team is now comprised of women, an achievement that is particularly noteworthy in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry.

In her new role as president, Nance will implement Stewart’s strategic vision, establish short and long-term goals and oversee overall performance, business development and marketing efforts for the firm. She is also continuing in her current role as chief operations officer (COO). Nance’s predecessor and former chief business development officer, George Stanziale, is bringing his extensive industry knowledge and client relations expertise to serve as chairman of Stewart’s board of directors.

“Lee Anne’s exemplary career speaks for itself, but perhaps more importantly, she embodies the core values that define Stewart – trust, humility, respect, excellence, accountability and discipline,” said Willy Stewart, CEO and founder of Stewart. “I am incredibly grateful for Lee Anne and George’s many contributions over the years, and I know that their dedication and leadership will be invaluable as our business continues to evolve and grow.”

In addition to speaking at business and women’s leadership events, Nance currently serves on the Executive Board for the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Directors of Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women (TCREW). Most recently, she was recognized as a dynamic and outstanding leader as a recipient of the Triangle Business Journal’s 2020 Women in Business Awards. Nance holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from North Carolina State University.

Stewart recently promoted several other leaders in the company with extensive experience in their respective industries. Executive promotions include:

  • Christopher Miller, PLA, LEED AP, Landscape Architecture Practice Leader and Vice President (18 years of experience, six years with Stewart)
  • Frank Mundy II, PLS, Executive Vice President of Operations (27 years of experience, 16 years with Stewart)
  • Kasia Nels, PHR, Chief People Officer, Vice President (19 years of experience, 10 years with Stewart)
  • Craig Silvanic, Geomatics Practice Leader and Vice President (25 years of experience, 11 years with Stewart)

“Stewart has the talent, knowledge, experience and dedication within our organization to help shape the future of the company,” added Stewart, who was recently recognized among the 2021 Triangle Business Journal CEOs of the Year. “By making strategic organizational shifts, we are putting Stewart in a position of strength to support our people and our clients in 2022 and beyond.”
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