Executive Team 

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Chris Larsen, Interim CEO

Mr. Larsen is the Interim CEO for IIC and CEO of Halmar International LLC and its subsidiary company, Halmar Transportation Systems. Mr. Larsen has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry managing, estimating and engineering the construction of billions of dollars’ worth of major infrastructure projects including roads, bridges, viaducts, subways, railroads, dams, tunnels and airports. Halmar is lead contractor on the $1.8B LIRR Third Track design-build project and currently managing a $1.3B backlog. In 2017, he joined the Gavio Group to expand into the P3 sector for transportation projects with its civil construction company Itinera SpA.

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Craig Covil, Chief Development Officer

Mr. Covil has joined as Chief Development Officer for IIC and Halmar International to lead the Group’s team for P3s and major Design-Build projects. Mr. Covil has more than 31 years experience delivering major civil/infrastructure, tunnel, land reclamation, maritime, mining and building projects, transit infrastructure around the world. Most recently, Mr. Covil led the $1.4B Fulton Street Station in New York as a Principal at Arup. He managed multidisciplinary design teams on major infrastructure and building design/build and P3 projects. His work as a civil and geotechnical engineer focused on site preparation, civil engineering, foundations, underground structures and performance analysis. He obtained a Bachelors’ of Science Engineering with Honors from the University of Surrey and a Masters of Science from Imperial College London.

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Alessandro Rivano, ChieF financial Officer

Mr. Rivano has joined as Chief Financial Officer for IIC and Halmar International. Mr. Rivano has more than 25 years experience in the infrastructure industry across many different countries, most notably North America, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. Alesandro has significant experience in Project Finance, M&A, and corporate finance. During his career he was able to set-up and lead multidisciplinary multicultural teams and organizations. He has been a leader of project finance and other structured finance operations for infrastructure. In 1994 Alessandro had joined Impregilo (now Salini Impregilo), an Italian construction company and Equity investor in P3, and for over two decades has participated in the company’s P3 development, financing, M&A work and led the IPO of Ecorodovias, Gavio Group’s concession company based in Brazil, and served as Board member of several Boards and Project Committees. He has a degree in Business Administration and a specialization in Capital Market and Corporate Finance from CEMA.

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Melanie Vander Valk, VP Business Development

Ms. Vander Valk joined Gavio Group and Halmar International in 2017 to lead the strategic development of its North American concession business for the Group and to launch its newest company, Itinera Infrastructure & Concessions (IIC). She leads on P3 pursuits and teaming for large-complex greenfield transportation projects. She has 18 years’ experience developing major infrastructure projects and growing global companies in this sector, as well as advising numerous nations on innovative project delivery. Most noticeably were her roles with the world’s largest P3 developers, ACS and HOCHTIEF, and the founding of the Executive Infrastructure Club, which she chaired within the British Foreign Commonwealth Office for four years as a means to bring leaders in this industry together with government officials to solve big infrastructure challenges across the US. She holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Laurentian University in Canada, a Masters in International Development from New York University, and holds multiple certifications in Project Finance with Infrastructure UK and Mazars.

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Kate Speir, Senior Bid Director

Ms. Speir joined IIC as Vice President and Senior Bid Director focusing on the strategic delivery and execution of large scale transportation P3 projects. Ms. Speir brings 20 years of experience in the construction services and infrastructure sector having working with major global infrastructure developers and construction companies focusing on transportation, including; highways, bridges, airports and rail. Kate has successfully led and executed numerous deals in both the US and Canada. Most recently Kate was a part of the successful bid team for the $4.9B LAX Automated People Mover (APM) in Los Angeles, California. She has a Honors Bachelor of Arts from University of Toronto as well as Negotiations and Project Management credentials from Harvard Business School, and University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business, respectively. Ms. Speir is the Board Chair for the Women’s Infrastructure Network (New York Chapter), a global women’s organization with more than 900 regional members and over 4,000 members worldwide.

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Daniel Melo, VP Investment

Mr. Melo has joined the IIC finance team to prime the Group’s investment interests and brings 20+ years of experience in the infrastructure & heavy construction industry, focused on international business development, P3 transactions and project financing of $3 billion and served as bid integrator coordinating proposals and leading the finance model’s preparation for go-no-go board decision; $5.8 billion in P3 related projects. Daniel has extensive knowledge of complex financial structures and facilities within debt and capital markets in Latin American, particularly in Brazil and Peru. Mr. Melo has a Degree in Accounting from UBA and an M.B.A. from UCEMA, in Argentina, and is a Certified P3 Professional from APMG World Bank Program.