Syska Hennessy Promotes Robert Ioanna to Chief Technical Officer And John Passanante to Executive Principal

Syska Hennessy Group has promoted Robert Ioanna, PE, LEED AP, to chief technical officer and John Passanante, PE, RCDD, to executive principal.

Mr. Ioanna, who joined Syska in 2000, has held several high-profile roles at the firm, including site leader for the New York office and the practice area leader for the critical facilities sector in the Eastern region. He also oversees Syska Innovations, a subsidiary that invests in seed-stage companies, pilots their software and products, and promotes ideation and technology development within Syska.

As chief technical officer, Mr. Ioanna will drive Syska’s innovation strategy and ensure alignment between business needs and the company’s engineering technology, technical resources, and capabilities.

“Rob has extensive technical experience, but for him that’s just the starting point,” says Cyrus Izzo, Syska co-president. “He’s eager to identify and adopt the latest advances that can help solve the thorniest problems and achieve greater efficiencies. This approach is exactly what you want from a chief technical officer.”

Mr. Passanante joined Syska in New York in 1997, relocated to the West Coast in 2014, and eventually became the leader of the region, which encompasses more than 115 professionals across five offices. In his new role, he oversees the financial performance and management of multiple practices while spearheading business development and the growth of the firm globally.

“We celebrated when John moved to California from New York,” says Syska co-president Gary Brennen, who is based in Los Angeles. “We expected him to be a huge asset to the Western region, and we weren’t disappointed. Now that he’s taking on a worldwide role, all of Syska’s regions will benefit from his technical expertise and business guidance.”