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M. Lee Marsh Named BergerABAM President and Chief Executive Officer

BergerABAM President and CEO Arnie Rusten (left) will retire on 31 May with Lee Marsh (right) as successor.

BergerABAM announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Dr. M. Lee Marsh (Lee) as president and chief executive officer (CEO) effective 1 June 2014. He will succeed Arnfinn (Arnie) Rusten, who will retire effective 31 May 2014.

Since joining the firm in 1994, Dr. Marsh has spearheaded many of BergerABAM’s seismic design and assessment projects. During his tenure as senior project manager and principal, his work has included design, assessment, project management, and business development for bridges; transit guideways; marine structures; buildings; and specialized projects, such as cranes for nuclear power plants. In addition to his operational and project duties, Dr. Marsh has served on the firm’s Board of Directors since 2006.

Dr. Marsh also teaches a National Highway Institute course on the seismic design of bridges, serves on the Transportation Research Board’s seismic design and accelerated bridge construction committees, and assists the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Subcommittee on Bridge and Structures with seismic design code development.

Of his new promotion, Dr. Marsh said, “I am delighted and honored to be chosen as the seventh CEO in the firm’s 63 year history to lead this exceptional firm into the future. Our predecessors in the firm and my current colleagues have created a company of amazing breadth, reputation, and culture through focus on service to our clients, attention to the quality of the work, and support of the industry. My vision for BergerABAM is to continue these traditions, while expanding the business both in terms of geographic presence and services provided. We have an excellent and skilled group of people at BergerABAM, and I am thrilled, but humbled, to have the opportunity to lead them into this next phase of our firm’s trajectory.”

As he passes the leadership mantle, Rusten said, “I am excited for the company and its employees as I know that my good friend and colleague, Dr. Marsh, will continue his strong leadership as the newly elected president and CEO. His excellent technical and outstanding people skills will provide a positive environment for every employee to grow their expertise and reach their professional goals. I am confident that BergerABAM will continue to advance technologies and efficiencies for clients and the engineering industry.”

Since becoming CEO in 2005, Rusten expanded BergerABAM’s formal strategic business process to develop corporate improvements that resulted in the doubling of revenue and staff. His ability to build optimism and cooperation influenced BergerABAM staff to provide meaningful contributions to the success of our client’s businesses and missions and advance the consulting industry.