As megatrends transform infrastructure markets, Black & Veatch announces new client-focused structure

Global consulting, engineering and construction manager transforms to meet rapidly changing customer needs for more agile, innovative solutions

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. –News live– Black & Veatch

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., November 18, 2021 – With sustainability-driven global megatrends such as electrification, decarbonization, digitization and resilience aggressively transforming critical critical infrastructure markets, Black & Veatch announces a new leadership team and operational structure designed to meet the goals and problems with its expanding customer portfolio.

“Our new operating model will enable Black & Veatch to accelerate its development and delivery of integrated solutions based on innovation, and ultimately deliver better solutions to our customers,” said Steve Edwards, CEO of Black & Veatch. “This new structure will better serve our customers’ broad infrastructure challenges by enabling our teams to access global talent faster and more efficiently at every step of a project’s development.”

“This flexibility – coupled with our deep market knowledge – will enable us to develop innovative and sustainable solutions that address our customers’ goals and issues in a cost-effective, timely and safety-efficient manner,” added Edwards.

Each market sector will be supported by a cross-cutting operations team to provide customers with seamless access to resources and expertise throughout the company, with a new global strategic growth organization centered on innovation, strategic advice and sustainability. The traditional core business has also been transformed into three global customer-focused companies – Connectivity and Commercial, Energy and Process Industries, and Governments and Environment – along with an additional regional business for Asia Pacific and India to address this region’s high growth markets.

  • Mario Azar has been named President of the Energy and Process Industry’s Global Market Sector, a new business sector that integrates Black & Veatch’s energy and industry oriented business portfolio to serve power, oil and gas, mining and other process industry customers such as the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and food and drink with integrated solutions. With more than 30 years of industry experience, Azar joined the company in 2018 as president of its global electricity business, just months before guiding the company through a strategic repositioning to align it with growth in renewable electricity generation, grid modernization and robustness.

  • Hoe Wai Cheong has been named President of the Asia-Pacific and India Regional Market. With Southeast Asia as Black & Veatch’s second largest market, this team will focus on delivering market-specific solutions to customers in the region and leveraging the company’s integrated solutions across the entire portfolio. Cheong, who joined Black & Veatch in 2007, has previously served as president of Black & Veatch’s gas, fuel and chemicals business, responsible for global strategy, business development and project acquisition and execution.

  • Dave Hallowell has been named President of Connectivity and Commercial, a new business sector focusing on the telecommunications and broadband markets, advanced transportation and sustainable data center development. With more than 29 years of service at Black & Veatch, Hallowell spent six years mentoring the company’s public telecommunications network before serving as head of Black & Veatch’s global renewable energy business.

  • John Janchar has been named President of Strategic Growth, a new organization that will focus on strategy and solution innovation, customer service and communications. Janchar, who joined Black & Veatch in 1990, has been president of the company’s telecommunications business, including public and private networks, connected communities and transformative technology lines.

  • Mike Orth has been named President of the Government and Environmental Markets Sector, which focuses on serving the needs of public customers at the federal, state and municipal levels as well as the growing field of environmental services. During his 32 years at Black & Veatch, Orth most recently served as executive vice president and CEO of the company’s water business in America, guiding the company’s growth in supply, storage, processing and transportation.

  • Laszlo von Lazar is appointed President of Operations. Von Lazar served in the company’s power business as head of global project services, which held the primary functions such as engineering, procurement, construction, quality and business excellence. He has more than three decades of experience in the global energy industry.

“In addition, two of our longtime CEOs, Cindy Wallis-Lage and Marty Travers, will be our first CEOs with a mission that is exclusively externally focused,” Edwards said. “They will work to address these megatrends by pursuing broad solution sets that address our customers’ most pressing challenges. These roles will leverage their unique ability to speak to the entire enterprise portfolio, influence infrastructure-influenced policies, and help customers navigate in the future. “

  • Marty Travers, CEO. A 42-year-old Black & Veatch veteran and member of the company’s board since 2012, Travers has led the company’s telecommunications, federal, data centers and management consulting services. He will be focused on growth throughout the company.

  • Cindy Wallis-Lage, CEO. A 35-year-old veteran, Wallis-Lage served as president of Black & Veatch’s water business and is a member of the board. She is an active advocate for the true value of water and its impact on sustainable communities, and she will be focused on the sustainability and resilience of the company’s customers.

“The pandemic illustrated how responsive and agile our employee owners are when it comes to serving our customers, and transforming our operating model is only the next step in delivering higher levels of adaptability, service and value,” Edwards said. “When it comes to infrastructure investments, our customers are actively pursuing solutions that deliver more sustainability, more resilience and greater adaptability in the future. This new operational structure will ensure that we continue to deliver these solutions safely on a global basis.”

Editor’s notes:

  • The new operating model is designed to expand the company’s customer portfolio and expand the depth of solutions available to existing customers.

  • Visit to learn more about megatrends transforming global infrastructure markets.

About Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch is an employee-owned global engineering, purchasing, consulting and construction company with more than 100 years of experience in sustainable infrastructure innovation. Since 1915, we have been helping our customers improve the lives of people around the world by addressing the resilience and reliability of our key infrastructure assets. Our revenue in 2020 exceeded $ 3.0 billion. Follow us on and on social media.

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