November 20, 2007
PB NAMES HAWKSWORTH CEO
NEW YORK—PB (Parsons Brinckerhoff) today announced that Keith J. Hawksworth has been named CEO effective January 1, 2008. Thomas J. O'Neill remains the firm's Chairman of the Board.
In announcing the new CEO, O'Neill stated, "PB continues to grow strongly in all of our markets throughout the world. Our strategy for growth and improved returns now makes it sensible to separate the roles of CEO and Chairman. My focus will be to lead the Board in ensuring that we successfully develop our strategy for growth. Keith brings to the CEO role an outstanding track record of leadership in the infrastructure business and a strong commitment to the quality of service to our clients that has been the hallmark of PB for nearly 125 years."
Hawksworth added, "I look forward to this challenge and will use the next six weeks to transition into my new role while sharing my ideas and vision with my management team worldwide. This is an extraordinary time for infrastructure services firms and I am eager to continue to position PB as a global leader in program/construction management, planning, design and operations for the transportation, power, urban development/buildings, and mining sectors. I intend to have the best team working with me to accomplish my goals, and to continue to serve our clients and the communities they serve in the most efficient and effective manner."
Hawksworth has been with PB for over 30 years and has extensive operations experience, particularly throughout Asia, the UK, Australia, and the Middle East. He most recently served as the COO of the firm's 6,000-person International Operations. Hawksworth's career at PB has spanned project development, project management and business operations and his early assignments included managing project operations in the U.S. mid-Atlantic area and serving as the Assistant to the President. He has served as Principal-in-Charge of many of PB's largest international projects, including the $20 billion Taipei Mass Transit System, the $15 billion Taiwan High Speed Rail Project, and the $5 billion Singapore Deep Tunnel Sewerage System Project.
PB is a leader in developing and operating infrastructure around the world, with 10,500 employees dedicated to meeting the needs of clients and communities in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia-Pacific regions. PB offers skills and resources in strategic consulting, planning, engineering, program/construction management, and operations for all modes of infrastructure.