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Meet John Mason

New York City, New York, U.S.

John Mason

John Mason is a senior executive and program director with over 35 years of consulting and client experience in the U.S., Australia, Asia and Europe, including significant experience in the governance, strategy and delivery of large-scale infrastructure related programs, in both the private and public sector. 

John’s key area of expertise is in the planning, design, procurement and delivery of major urban and rural and road and rail infrastructure programs. These major projects, often within a complex stakeholder environment, frequently adopt alternative delivery models such as delivery partnerships and alliancing. His rail experience extends across heavy, light, metro and high-speed rail.

He's a passionate advocate for the creation of integrated, collaborative teams and the benefits they bring in defining, developing and delivering major programs successfully. In addition to his role as Vice President, Major Programs and Projects, People & Places Solutions in Americas - North, John is also a key part of our global program management team.

A civil engineer by background, John believes in the differences major infrastructure programs can bring to the communities they serve and the physical, human, environmental and learning legacies they can leave behind.

He believes that while the challenges we face are significant, be they digital, social or environmental, the opportunity to shape a better future is ours - and it’s an exciting one.

“As I reflect on the opportunities that I’ve had in my career, I’m most grateful for the people I’ve worked with and the knowledge, insights and experience they’ve shared. I was fortunate to spend time working with colleagues from the U.S. and Canada during a formative time in my career, and many times since, and this had a profound impact on my understanding of the way major programs can be delivered most effectively and efficiently. Being able to leverage this experience now and to bring new and innovative ideas around alternative forms of delivery from the U.K. and elsewhere to the Americas - North region is particularly rewarding.”

John Mason

John Mason

Jacobs Vice President, Major Programs and Projects, P&PS Americas North

So why and how did John get into civil engineering in the first place?  Being driven over the Simplon Pass in Switzerland as a teenager and seeing a bridge being constructed across a deep ravine sparked a fascination that has been built on ever since, along with the sense of really making a difference to the world we live in and the chance to work with so many great people and to hear the stories they have to tell.  

John’s program and project experience is extensive and includes Cross River Rail in Brisbane, Crossrail in London, the East London Line, West Coast Route Modernization, High Speed Rail 1, Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (recently recognized by ENR as the winner of their Global Best Project for 2020) and the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project in Melbourne (winner of Consult Australia’s award for excellence in project team collaboration and sustainability in design.)

Get to know John

  • 40

    years of experience

  • 50 +

    programs & projects worked on

  • 20 +

    different countries worked in

  • 5

    continents he's delivered projects on