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Black & Veatch Names New President of Power Business

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas
Monday, January 14, 2019

Company selects proven industry veteran as rise of renewable energy, battery storage and evolving client needs transform markets

As power markets across the world go through a foundational transformation, Black & Veatch, a global leader in engineering, procurement, construction and infrastructure consulting services, today announced Mario Azar as the new president of its Power business. 

A 28-year energy industry veteran, Azar will lead all aspects of the Power business including business development, project execution, operations, workforce planning, and organizational capability and effectiveness, as well as serve on the company’s Executive Committee.

Most recently a global energy industry advisor after founding a private firm, Azar joins Black & Veatch with decades of global leadership experience in power and oil and gas, including as CEO of Siemens Oil & Gas and Marine, an engineered solutions and integration business unit operating globally in over 21 countries. In addition, he was Executive Vice President of Power Generation Solutions Americas for Siemens, where he led and substantially grew the volume and profitability of the business focused on integrating power plant solutions and providing value-added services to power customers. Previously, he had served in various leadership capacities across the value chain at Siemens and Westinghouse Electric, most notably in the services side of the business.

“Black & Veatch is recognized across the industry for its client-first approach to doing business, deep and broad experience in power, and a relentless commitment to safety, sustainability and innovation,” said Azar. “As needs for producing, delivering and storing electricity continue to shift across the globe, I look forward to working with our global team of thousands of professionals to build the new, innovative and more efficient energy infrastructure of the future.”

Azar holds a bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His global experience includes North America, Latin America, Germany and China among other countries. He follows Ed Walsh, who is retiring on December 31, 2018 after 15 years with Black & Veatch.

“Mario brings tremendous experience in the energy industry, specifically in adapting to changing global markets through business optimization, strategy development and managing organizational and culture change,” said Steve Edwards, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Black & Veatch. “Having served client, supplier, partner and even competitor roles in the EPC space, his skills will be critical to successfully piloting our clients through this exciting period of market transformation.”

Editor's Notes:

  • Azar also held several other diverse positions at Siemens and previously Westinghouse, including Director of Power Generation Long Term Service Programs and Gas Turbine Modernization Marketing; and Director of Power Generation Global Major Service Projects.
  • Please click here to download a high-resolution image of Azar.

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Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2017 were US$3.4 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media.