Parsons Brinckerhoff announced the appointment of George J. Pierson as the firm’s CEO effective January 1, 2010. Mr. Pierson, currently President and COO of the firm’s Americas division, succeeds Keith J. Hawksworth, who becomes Chairman.
Mr. Pierson, who will continue as President and COO of the firm’s Americas division, assumes the management of a professional services company with 15,000 employees in 150 offices worldwide and 2009 revenues of $2.1 billion. Parsons Brinckerhoff was acquired by Balfour Beatty, an international engineering, construction, professional services and investment group, in October 2009 and is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Balfour Beatty.
Mr. Pierson, a licensed engineer and lawyer, joined PB as General Counsel and Secretary in February 2006. He was appointed COO of the Americas division in January 2008, and as such was responsible for overseeing the efforts of more than 5,000 employees who work on transportation and other infrastructure projects in the U.S., Canada, and South America. Prior to joining Parsons Brinckerhoff he was partner and director of the International Construction Practice Group of Peckar & Abramson, PC, a leading national construction law firm. Mr. Pierson has a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an MBA from St. Mary’s College of California, and an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.S. in civil engineering from Bucknell University.