GEI board selects Gillian Gregory as first chairwoman

GEI Consultants Inc., a geotechnical, environmental, water resources and ecological science and engineering firm, recently announced its appointment of Gillian M. Gregory as board chairwoman after her re-election to a second term on the board. She first was elected to the board in 2013.

Gregory, who is replacing Naser J. Bateni, is the first woman chair the company has appointed to the position.

Gregory said that as chairwoman, she has a responsibility to work with GEI leaders to ensure they always put client service at the forefront while preserving GEI’s reputation as a great place to work. She will lead the board in making sure GEI’s recent double-digit growth doesn’t markedly alter the company’s culture and values. Gregory is committed to promoting workplace diversity. One of her main initiatives is to work with fellow board members and the executive team to find more ways to assist the company’s 36 offices to recruit, retain and develop a more diverse work force.

Gregory began with GEI in 1986. She is a geotechnical engineer specializing in dam safety investigations and dam engineering based in Boston. Her experience conducting dam safety inspections, mostly for hydropower projects, has led to an invitation to participate on a committee assisting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the development of new engineering guidelines that incorporate risk-informed decision-making. In addition, Gregory serves on the Newsletter Committee of the U.S. Society on Dams (USSD), the nation’s leading organization of professionals involved with all aspects of dams, including engineering, construction and rehabilitation, operation and maintenance and safety.

Gregory earned a Master of Science and a doctorate in civil engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Originally from the U.K. she completed her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the U.K.’s University of Birmingham in 1980.

In addition to the re-election and appointment of Gregory to chairwoman, four board positions were filled: GEI’s shareholders voted to re-elect Mike Cornelius in the Sacramento office and Bill Walton in the Chicago office to serve second terms and elected first-time board members Chris Dailey from the Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, office and Steve Verigin from the Sacramento office.

Bateni will continue to consult with his clients at GEI and plans to offer advice and guidance to Gregory during this transition. Bateni will remain a trusted advisor to the board.

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