Manhattan College Honors Two AECOM Leaders at 2012 De La Salle Medal Dinner

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Manhattan College will present John M. Dionisio, chairman and chief executive officer of AECOM Technology Corporation (AECOM), and Frederick W. Werner ’75, president of corporate development for AECOM, with the De La Salle Medals at the College’s annual fundraising dinner on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. The ceremony will be held at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City.

Dionisio and Werner have received industry-wide recognition for their work at AECOM (a global leader in providing integrated professional technical and management support services) and its subsidiaries. In the past, both men played a key role on projects including: the Second Avenue Subway in New York City; the Tren Urbano transit rail system in San Juan, Puerto Rico; the State Highway 130 toll-way in Texas; Southern California’s Metrolink Commuter Rail System; and the $5 billion Phoenix, Ariz., freeway system.

Under Dionisio’s leadership as CEO, AECOM tripled its revenue and doubled its workforce, while considerably expanding its service offerings and geographic reach. In 2007, Dionisio oversaw the company’s initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), which was one of the 10 largest NYSE listings for 2007, and one of the biggest engineering industry IPOs of all time.

Prior to his appointment as CEO and president in 2005, Dionisio served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for AECOM. Earlier, he served as CEO and president of DMJM Harris, an AECOM legacy operating company.

As president of corporate development, Werner is responsible for growth strategies in all of AECOM’s business lines, including mega pursuits, and ensures that AECOM is advancing technology and best practices globally. He previously led AECOM’s U.S. Infrastructure Group, which brought together the company’s business throughout the country in the fields of transportation, energy, water and development before assuming the role of president of corporate development.

Werner also served as CEO for AECOM’s Americas Transportation Group and president of DMJM Harris.
The De La Salle Medal Dinner is the College’s top fundraising event. Proceeds from the $800-per-plate fundraiser are applied to academic and cocurricular programs, scholarship assistance and library resources. The black-tie event begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. For more information about the dinner, please call Kevin Brewer at (718) 862-7278 or e-mail kevin(dot)brewer(at)manhattan(dot)edu.

Members of the media who would like to cover the ceremony and dinner can contact Liz Connolly, assistant director of communications at Manhattan College, at (718) 862-7232 or e-mail public_relations(at)manhattan(dot)edu.

About Manhattan College:
Manhattan College is located at West 242nd Street near Broadway in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, one mile from the Westchester County line and accessible by MTA subway line No. 1. For directions to the campus, visit

Founded in 1853, Manhattan College is an independent, Lasallian Catholic, coeducational institution of higher learning offering more than 40 major programs of undergraduate study in the areas of arts, business, education, engineering and science, along with continuing and professional studies, and a graduate division. For more information about Manhattan College, visit


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