Black & Veatch's Global Water Business appoints new president

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Cindy Wallis-Lage, newly appointed president of Black & Veatch's global water business.

KANSAS CITY, MO, Jan. 16, 2012 -- Black & Veatch has appointed Cindy Wallis-Lage as President of its global water business. She will lead the company's efforts to address billions of dollars in water infrastructure needs around the world.

"We will see increased investment in water and electric infrastructure throughout the world. This will have a rippling effect in the water industry on supply and demand, quality and reliability and flood control. It will also impact environmental and security issues," said Wallis-Lage. "We know that investment in infrastructure creates jobs and boosts the economy. In the US, the New Deal in the 1930s and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 shared a goal of increasing jobs and improving the economy through public works spending on construction. Today, the world needs a 'new deal' type of approach for aging infrastructure," she said.

Wallis-Lage is a licensed Professional Engineer who brings 25 years of experience from all over the world to this key position. She most recently served as the company's Executive Managing Director of Technical Solutions. She has provided her project and leadership expertise to more than 100 municipal and industrial facilities throughout the US, UK and Asia Pacific.

Wallis-Lage holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Kansas State University and a master's degree in environmental health engineering from the University of Kansas. She has authored more than 50 papers, 20 technical articles and 10 textbook chapters, and serves on several committees for the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the International Water Association (IWA). She is a frequent speaker at many global industry forums.

"It's an exciting time at Black & Veatch and in our industry," said Len C. Rodman, Chairman, President and CEO for Black & Veatch. "We have a strong set of professionals and resources within the company to meet the complex challenges our clients face. Cindy is a proven leader who thoroughly understands the business and our industry."

Wallis-Lage added that Black & Veatch plans to increase its market share as it expands further globally and penetrates adjacent markets where its operating capabilities provide a competitive advantage.

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