Two new faces are joining the Burns & McDonnell Board of Directors. John Olander and Paul Fischer will serve in their board roles starting in 2015.
Two new faces are joining the Burns & McDonnell Board of Directors. John Olander, president of the Transmission & Distribution (T&D) Group, and Paul Fischer, president of the Regional Office Group, who represent two of the firm's fastest-growing business divisions, will step up to board roles in 2015.
They take their seats as John Nobles, president of the Process & Industrial Group, prepares to retire. Nobles joined the board in 2009, nine years after joining the firm. He has overseen development and rapid growth in engineering, procurement and construction for oil refining, natural gas processing, chemicals, and food and consumer products clients. He led the development of industry-leading safety practices that have kept Burns & McDonnell industrial projects at the top of safety rankings nationwide.
Fischer has been with the company since 1988, working in Kansas City and then transferring to Denver to lead water supply and treatment projects. He was named vice president and general manager of the Denver office in 2001. In 2008, he returned to Kansas City to lead the broader Regional Office Group, helping build teams and manage growth across the country. Under his leadership, the number of employee-owners in the regional offices has grown by more than 170 percent.
Olander joined Burns & McDonnell in 1991 as an electrical engineer on precipitator and continuous emissions monitoring projects, then moved to the T&D division. He became general manager in 2013 and president in 2014. The group has grown into the firm's largest practice area, with staff increasing 32 percent under his leadership. His focus will be on projects that strengthen the U.S. power grid and support transmission systems worldwide.