Black & Veatch appoints new VP to apply broader experience across water industry

Black & Veatch recently announced that it has named Mike Orthas executive vice president of the organization, who leads the company's Americas Water business.

OVERLAND PARK, KS, Nov. 4, 2015 -- Today, Black & Veatch announced that it has named Mike Orthas executive vice president of the organization.

Orth is based in Kansas City and leads the company's Americas Water business. He is charged with leading the growth focus on asset management, design-build, program management, and alternative water supply solutions. He remains managing director for the Americas Water business.

Orth joined Black & Veatch in 1989. Under his leadership, the company has developed a range of projects that have solved key water challenges in the central U.S. He most recently oversaw the team that led the design and implementation of the Thornton Composite Reservoir. This large-scale, Chicago-area basin project will bring stormwater relief to the city's south side.

Black & Veatch has also improved water system resilience and developed key alternative water supply projects in North America. These include the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center in Northern California and the Initial Expansion of the Groundwater Replenishment System in Southern California.

"Mike's leadership has been important to our clients as they strive for increased resilience and efficiency," said Cindy Wallis-Lage, president of Black & Veatch's water business. "His tremendous knowledge of the market, client service mentality and expertise in various delivery solutions have been key in driving our growth."

Orth is a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). He is currently a director and serves on AWWA's Board. He is a member of the Water Environment Federation, and has been an active volunteer in the Kansas City area, including with the United Way of Kansas City.

See also:

"Video: The Programmatic Approach to Capital Improvement"

"Video: The Innovation Landscape in the Water Industry"

About Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in energy, water, telecommunications, and government services. Since 1915, the company has helped its clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations, and program management. Its revenues in 2014 were $3 billion. For more information, visit


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