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M+W Zander U.S. Operations, Inc. announced today that Rick Whitney has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.
Mr. Whitney has served as Chief Operating Officer of the Company since 2002, directing long-range project development, design and construction management in the nanotech, life sciences, electronics and evolving alternative energy industries. He was also responsible for executing a vertical integration strategy through the creation of Total Facility Solutions (TFS), the construction subsidiary of the Company. In his dual roles as COO of the Company and President of TFS, Mr. Whitney has been the driving force behind the advancement of turn-key facilities capabilities.
As CEO, Mr. Whitney will work with technology leaders in multinational companies to shape the future of high-tech facility design and construction in the U.S. and overseas. "Rick has been a leader on M+W Zander's U.S. projects for many years, and with his considerable technical and managerial expertise, he will help our company expand its operations even further," said Jürgen Wild, CEO and Chairman of the Managing Board of M+W Zander GmbH. "Our customers will benefit from his considerable experience in complex facility construction projects, which demand precision at every stage of the design and engineering processes."
Mr. Whitney has managed projects for clients including IBM, AMD, Texas Instruments, SEMATECH, TEL, Corning and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the State University New York at Albany.
"The UAlbany NanoCollege has had the pleasure of working closely with M+W Zander, through the leadership and partnership of Rick Whitney, in building world class initiatives in nanotechnology education, research and development that are spurring economic impact across New York State and global recognition in the high-tech arena," said Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. "We know that Rick will bring dedication, passion and a commitment to excellence to his new role as President and CEO of M+W Zander U.S. Operations, making him an outstanding choice for this important position."
Prior to joining the Company in 1997, Mr. Whitney worked with Texas Instruments in various project roles, including Asia Pacific regional construction manager. He began his career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He holds an MBA from the University of South Carolina and a B.S. in civil engineering from The Citadel
About M+W Zander U.S. Operations, Inc.
With its subsidiary companies, MWZ Beteiligungs GmbH, based in Stuttgart, offers worldwide integrated business solutions for company facilities, high-tech production plants and industrial complexes. The Group focuses on the electronic, solar, pharmaceutical, chemical industries, research institutes, the energy sector and production of cleanroom components. In 2007, M+W Zander generated sales of $3.1 Billion with 8,200 employees.
About M+W Zander US Operations (www.mw-zander.us/)
M+W Zander US Operations is a full service architecture, engineering and construction services firm based in Dallas, Texas. Operating in the U.S. since 1941, the firm specializes in complex, technically challenging projects for clients in electronics, life sciences, emerging technologies, solar energy and scientific research.
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