Press Release

March 04, 2015

AECOM appoints CEO Michael S. Burke as chairman of the board


AECOM announced today that its board of directors has appointed Chief Executive Officer Michael S. Burke to the additional position of chairman of the board.

The appointment, effective today, completes a planned succession following the retirement of John M. Dionisio as executive chairman.

Burke, who was appointed chief executive officer in March 2014, has overseen a major transformation of AECOM.  Over the past 12 months, AECOM has more than doubled its revenue and the size of its workforce via several acquisitions, most notably URS Corp., and has dramatically accelerated its strategy to create an integrated-delivery platform with superior capabilities to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world.  In February 2015, for the first time in its history, the company was designated a Fortune World’s Most Admired Company.

Burke has served as a key AECOM leader since he joined the company in 2005 and has been instrumental in the evolution of AECOM from a private company with approximately 20,000 employees to a public company with nearly 100,000 employees.  He was named chief financial officer in 2006 and, prior to his appointment as CEO last year, Burke had been president of the company since October 2011.  He becomes AECOM’s fourth chairman in the company’s 25-year history.

Dionisio will remain a member of the board of directors.

“I would like to thank John Dionisio for his 43 years of service to this organization and his many contributions to the engineering industry,” said Burke.  “I am grateful to him and to our board of directors for their leadership and also for the trust they are placing in me to execute against AECOM’s vision to be the premier fully integrated infrastructure firm in the world.”

AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings, and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company. The firm is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, had revenue of approximately $19 billion during the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2014. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

Forward-Looking Statements: All statements in this press release other than statements of historical fact are “forward-looking statements” for purposes of federal and state securities laws, including any projections of earnings, statements of plans for future operations or expected revenue.  Actual results could differ materially from those projected or assumed in any of our forward-looking statements.  Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our forward-looking statements are set forth in our annual report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended Dec. 31, 2014, and our other reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  AECOM does not intend, and undertakes no obligation, to update any forward-looking statement.

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Source: AECOM

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Ed Mayer
Vice President, Corporate Communications