SEH Board of Directors Names Next CEO

April 1, 2019

Contact: Dawn Williams, Corporate Communications
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(ST. PAUL, Minn.)—The Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (SEH®) Board of Directors named David E. Ott, PE* as the next SEH Chief Executive Officer (CEO)/President and Chairman of the Board. Ott joined SEH on April 1 and officially assumes the position May 1, 2019. SEH, a professional services firm owned by its employees, is headquartered in St. Paul, Minn. and comprised of more than 800 engineers, architects, planners and scientists. The company serves its clients from 31 offices located in nine states across the Midwest, Colorado and Wyoming.

After a thorough succession process and national search of qualified candidates, the Board of Directors selected Ott based on his proven executive and leadership experiences with a global engineering firm of more than 70,000 employees. Ott has a long career in the engineering industry spanning more than 30 years of leading people and delivering complex projects nationally as well as internationally. Dave’s background includes serving as a senior vice president working with both public and private sectors -- government, mining, industrial, transportation and power. He has led civil and environmental projects ranging from small projects like geotechnical investigations to $100-million-plus design-build infrastructure projects. Most recently he led a global team responsible for developing new business areas and leading complex projects. He holds a M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a former Officer of the U.S. Navy. His service included the responsibilities of Officer of the Deck and Engineering Officer.

“I look forward to being a part of SEH and serving on behalf of its employee-owners,” said David Ott. “I’m inspired by the company’s core purpose of building a better world for all of us and I’m looking forward to our future together. SEH is a company focused on engaging its employees and providing a work environment where they can do their best every day for the clients they serve. I believe this is key to success. As I take on this new role, I serve on behalf of the employees who own SEH and am humbled and honored to be named their new CEO.”

*Registered Professional Engineer in AL, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, ME, MN, ND, NH, OK, VA, WA, WI

Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (SEH) is a multidisciplined, professional services firm made up of 800 engineers, architects, planners and scientists who provide complex solutions for our clients every day. With 31 offices across the Midwest, Colorado and Wyoming, SEH focuses on improving mobility, improving infrastructure, engineering clean water and creating better places. Our core purpose is Building a Better World for All of Us®.

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