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Great Lakes Dredge & Dock appoints Lasse Petterson as CEO

Dec 28, 2016 08:48 AM

(OAK BROOK, Ill.) — The board of directors of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp. has announced the selection of Lasse Petterson as CEO and his appointment to the company’s board of directors. 

Chairman of the board Michael J. Walsh said, “After a thorough and comprehensive search process, I am confident that the board identified the right candidate to lead this company. With a wealth of experience in the engineering, construction and maritime industries, as well as extensive executive management and operational skills, we believe Lasse is ideally suited for this position and will enhance value for shareholders.”

Walsh added, “We are extremely pleased to have Lasse join our board as part of the 2018 director class. His impressive background, reputation and character make him an excellent addition, and he will be a valuable asset to the company as it executes its strategy.”

Petterson will join the board immediately and assume the role of chief executive officer once his application for U.S. citizenship, as required by the Jones Act, is finalized, which the company expects to occur in the first quarter of 2017. During this time, Petterson and current CEO Jonathan Berger will be working closely to ensure a seamless transition.

Petterson’s 35-year career and extensive experience in the engineering, construction and maritime industries will be valuable to Great Lakes. Over the tenure of his career, he gained considerable international experience while working and living in Norway, Asia and the United Kingdom to oversee operations and major projects in Australia, Middle East and South America. Most recently, Petterson served as a private consultant to clients in the oil and gas sector. Petterson served as chief operating officer (COO) and executive vice president at Chicago Bridge and Iron (CB&I) from 2009 to 2013. Reporting directly to the CEO, he was responsible for all of CB&I's engineering, procurement and construction project operations and sales. 

Prior to CB&I, Petterson was CEO of Gearbulk Ltd., a privately held company that owns and operates one of the largest fleets of gantry craned open hatch bulk vessels in the world. He was also president and COO of AMEC Inc. Americas, a subsidiary of AMEC PLC, a British multinational consulting, engineering and project management company. Prior to joining AMEC, Petterson served in various executive and operational positions for Aker Maritime Inc., the deepwater division of Aker Maritime ASA of Norway, over the course of 20 years. He spent the first nine years of his career in various positions at Norwegian Contractors, an offshore oil and gas platform contractor. Petterson holds both master's and bachelor's degrees from the Norwegian University of Technology.

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