After hiring nearly 900 employees in 2014, Burns & McDonnell reached a milestone just days ago after hiring its 5,000th employee. This inspired the firm’s first major organizational change in a decade naming Ray Kowalik as executive vice president of Burns & McDonnell and president of global practices. The newly created role will provide strategic vision for growth at Burns & McDonnell.
After graduating from the University of Missouri, Kowalik joined Burns & McDonnell as a structural engineer 27 years ago working on projects for both the Energy and Process and Industrial groups. For the past decade, Kowalik has served at the helm of the firm’s successful energy division managing critical projects across the globe, including KCP&L’s Iatan Generation Station Unit 2 that was named Plant of the Year. Kowalik was promoted to president of the division in 2007 and joined the board of directors in 2009.
Energy will be just one of the 11 global practices that Kowalik will provide guidance to in his new role, which includes everything from aviation and federal to transmission and distribution and construction design build.
“Now that we’ve grown to more than 5,000 people, we need someone with the experience and ability to focus on our key areas of opportunity for our company and our clients,” said Greg Graves, chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell. “And that person is Ray Kowalik. Ray’s steady approach and forward thinking that he’s provided the energy sector is just the type of leadership that will help guide the entire company into our next chapter.”