CH2M HILL spin-off Critigen to modernize critical infrastructure

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DENVER, CO, Oct. 19, 2009 -- Critigen, a global technology consultancy for critical infrastructure, today announced its entry into the market as a privately held company. Recently divested from CH2M HILL's 62-year, $6.4 billion engineering business, the independent company emerges with deep domain expertise combined with the entrepreneurial ability to proactively apply technology-based approaches, new insights and visionary thinking that modernizes every sector of the growing critical infrastructure market.

According to CEO Jeff Akers, "Critigen is the catalyst to apply a new vision - one that will forever impact how we build and manage critical infrastructure. Critigen's clients are also at the forefront of acute challenges including climate change, sustainable environmental and energy transformation, asset protection and management, and carbon reduction. Approaching these modern challenges within thought or technology silos will fail our cities and our citizenry," said Akers. "Critigen brings behaviorally-relevant, holistic approaches that will comprehensively address our 21st century challenges."

Critigen serves both public and private-sector clients, including government, state, local, large engineering firms and financial institutions with technology-based approaches to support the delivery of essential services. Critigen's broad client roster touches every sector of critical infrastructure - energy, water, facilities, government, financial, commercial, transportation and emergency response - with nearly 700 global employees allowing clients to visualize, collaborate, secure and manage their information.

Visualize: Critigen is the world's largest privately-held geospatial consulting business. The company's visualization capabilities provide critical multidimensional business insight and accelerate decision-making by integrating location intelligence, business processes and analytical systems.

Collaborate: Critigen is the market leader in collaboration methods to improve data use, interrelationships and business processes by enhancing data management, community interactions and business system integration.

Secure: Critigen has deep experience and the highest levels of governmental clearance for cyber, physical and facilities security as well as crisis management and SCADA operations control. The company mitigates risk for the most impenetrable agencies in the world by integrating complex IT command and control/security and preparedness needs.

Manage: Critigen's award-winning extensive IT sustainment practice is central to its technology capabilities. Clients avoid costly IT capital investments, reduce operating costs and improve IT risk management by leveraging Critigen's best-in-class IT resources, tools, processes, procedures and infrastructure.

Critigen's marquee clients include the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force as well as Genworth Financial, the Wyoming Dept. of Environmental Quality and the world's first carbon-neutral city, Masdar, located in the UAE. In addition, one of Critigen's largest clients is CH2M HILL with which it holds a three-year preferred provider agreement.

The company is now owned by Golden Gate Capital, a private equity investment specializing in the IT industry with approximately $8 billion of capital under management. "Critigen is working in some of the fastest-growing market segments, applying information management with deep value," said Jake Mizrahi, Managing Director of Golden Gate Capital. "We're excited about the company's philosophy and business model and look forward to growing the business with the Critigen management team. We believe this is a powerful example of how private equity investment can propel future-focused companies that will solve pressing global issues."

About Critigen
Critigen is a global technology consultancy serving as the leader in information management for critical infrastructure. Divested from CH2M HILL's 62-year, $6.4 billion engineering business, the company leverages deep domain expertise to develop technology-based approaches for some of the most prestigious and progressive clients in the world.

Solely focused on the convergence of technology application and mission-critical data, Critigen provides clients a way to visualize, collaborate, secure and manage information - becoming the catalyst for modernizing critical infrastructure. Learn more about how Critigen aligns 21st century demands with 21st century answers at www.critigen.com.

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