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Our professionals are backed by the support of an accomplished leadership team, dedicated to empowering solutions that enable our clients’ success.

Seasoned Experts, Innovative Thinkers

Our leaders are setting new standards for our industry so you can expect more from your landscape. They are supported by the executive team below.

Pat Velasco

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Pat Velasco is interim CEO of BrightView. Pat’s career has included positions in several Fortune 500 companies, including Ecolab and Black & Decker. Most recently he served as CEO and later Chairman of the Board of Capital Safety, a leading manufacturer of fall protection safety equipment. Pat serves on the boards of Gardner Denver, Crosby and the Gary Sinise Foundation. He also serves on BrightView’s Board of Directors.

John Feenan

Executive Vice President,
Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, John is responsible for developing BrightView’s financial and operational strategy, business performance metrics, control systems and corporate financial reporting. Prior to joining BrightView, John served as CFO of Trinseo, a leading global materials company with revenues over $5B. There, he built a best in class financial organization leading the company to a public offering. John, who began his career at IBM Corporation, has also served as CFO for other publicly traded and private equity backed organizations including JMC Steel Company and HB Fuller.

John earned his Bachelor’s degree in business and economics from St. Anselm College and his MBA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  He is a certified management accountant and a certified green belt, lean six sigma.

Thomas C. Donnelly, ASLA

President, BrightView Group

Tom Donnelly serves as President of BrightView Group, overseeing our Landscape Architecture, Landscape Development, Golf Maintenance and Tree businesses.  In this capacity, he is responsible for nurturing a vast array of client relationships by employing his astute understanding of the landscape industry learned over the course of his 35+year career with the organization.  Tom is extremely active with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) and the ACE Mentor Program. Additionally, Tom received a BS in Landscape Architecture from Rutgers University.

Brian Bruce

Executive Vice President,
Chief Information Officer

As Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Brian oversees IT strategy, business governance, application support, IT services, and infrastructure operations. He has 25 years of experience that blends public company IT leadership and large scale program management including ERP implementations, process reengineering, M&A, Sarbanes-Oxley, and global system rollouts. Prior to BrightView, Brian led the IT team at QLogic, supporting global business groups at this network technology company. Previously, he served as Chief Information Officer for 7 years at KB Home, a national homebuilder, and held a variety of leadership positions at Accenture over the course of his 15-year tenure. He has a BA in Economics from the University of California at San Diego.

Jonathan M. Gottsegen

Executive Vice President,
Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

Jonathan joined BrightView in 2016 as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary. In this role, he is responsible for providing legal and business counsel, upholding ethical standards and legal considerations, and minimizing organizational risk.  Jonathan brings to BrightView extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, finance, litigation, securities, compliance, employment law, regulatory matters and corporate governance. He most recently served as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for United Rentals, the world’s largest equipment rental provider with $6B in revenue and 900 branches in North America. His prior public company experience includes directing the Corporate and Securities Practice Group at The Home Depot and serving as securities counsel for Time Warner. Jonathan earned his Juris Doctorate at Tulane University’s School of Law and his Bachelors of Arts at Emory University.

Jeff Herold

President, BrightView Landscape Services

Jeff Herold is President of BrightView Landscape Services. In addition to BrightView’s landscape and snow maintenance teams, Jeff leads the company’s golf and tree care businesses and its Environmental Health and Safety group. With more than 35 years’ experience, Jeff is one of the most seasoned executives in commercial landscaping. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer of BrightView Landscape Services. Prior to that he was Chief Operating Officer of The Brickman Group. Jeff graduated from the State University of New York at Alfred with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Contracting.

Leadership from the Ground Up

Leadership from the Ground Up

Every BrightView team member is empowered to lead — to find creative solutions, to respond to urgent requests, to identify areas for improvement, and to take measures that ensure everyone's safety. After all, it takes all of us to ensure consistent excellence, every day, everywhere with everyone.


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