HOUSTON, Texas (Nov. 10, 2016) — Burns & McDonnell has established a permanent, long-term presence in Mexico with the opening of an office in Mexico City providing a full range of engineering, construction and related technical support services. Noé H. Sáenz has been named to lead the business for Burns & McDonnell and will be based in Mexico City.
Burns & McDonnell already has been awarded a major project for a confidential client in addition to its current projects in renewables and other industrial sectors. The company will initially focus on power generation, transmission and fuel transportation projects but will rapidly expand to provide a full range of engineering, construction, environmental and consulting services in all sectors currently supported in the U.S. and Canada.
In his six years with Burns & McDonnell, Sáenz has been responsible for international business development as well as growing the petrochemical business of Burns & McDonnell’s Process & Industrial division. His main areas of focus have been strategic planning, client relationships, and developing partnerships in the energy and heavy industrial market sectors primarily in Mexico, Canada and Brazil.
“Noé has demonstrated great team-building skills that create the right working environment in cultures that are uniquely different from what we are familiar with in the United States ,” says Leslie Duke, senior vice president and general manager of Burns & McDonnell regional operations in Houston. “We are excited that he has agreed to lead our expansion into Mexico. We know that our success in Mexico depends on respect and understanding of culture and customs and there is no one better than Noé to build those relationships.”
“Burns & McDonnell has a long history of supporting projects in Mexico, but this is the first time we’ve established a permanent business office there,” says Mike Brown, president of International Operations for Burns & McDonnell. “There are tremendous opportunities in Mexico as that country embarks on a major investment program to upgrade its power and energy infrastructure. We’re excited to open this new office and believe Noé is the right man to lead this effort.”
Sáenz has 18 years total experience leading engineering and EPC projects in the energy and manufacturing sectors mainly in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Early in his career, he gained experience leading plant development efforts for General Motors, Ford and Caterpillar both in the U.S. and Mexico.
Sáenz has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila in Saltillo, Mexico, an MBA in project management from Jones International University and executive education at Stanford and at the University of Texas. He also holds a PMP certificate from the Project Management Institute.
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