Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Black & Veatch's Board of Directors are responsible for supervision of the overall affairs of the company. The Board is bound by the charter and by laws of the company and is comprised of a strong, balanced blend of skills and experience, allowing it to offer guidance in core markets important to Black & Veatch.

Steven L. Edwards

Chairman and CEO
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Steve Edwards is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Black & Veatch. Edwards assumed this position in November 2013 and has overall responsibility for the company’s engineering, consulting, construction and related infrastructure businesses in the power, oil and gas, water, telecommunications, and security markets worldwide. With revenues of $3 billion, Black & Veatch is consistently ranked in the Top 10 categories for power generation, power delivery, water infrastructure development and telecommunications in Engineering News-Record magazine and is ranked in the Top 150 of the Forbes list of Largest Private Companies. The company is the 12th largest employee-owned corporation in the United States, according to the National Center for Employee Ownership.

Since joining Black & Veatch in 1978, Edwards has been responsible for a variety of global projects and business lines. He was named Chief Operating Officer in March 2013 in a transition role before becoming Chairman and CEO. He was appointed to the Black & Veatch Board of Directors in 2012. Edwards is a registered professional engineer and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri. 

T.M. (Don) Buck

Independent Director
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Don Buck joined the Black & Veatch Board of Directors in 2000 following a 26-year career with Fluor Daniel. As the head of Fluor Daniel Construction Company from 1993 to 1999, he was responsible for the construction aspects of all Fluor Daniel projects worldwide. He was a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Center for Construction Education and Research as well as a member of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry. He began his career with EBASCO Services and joined Fluor Daniel in 1974. He has worked on projects in the pulp and paper, refining, petrochemical, power and telecommunications industries. From 2003 to 2008, he was Chairman and CEO of Institutional Resources in Greenville, S.C.

Martha W. Gilliland

Independent Director,
Chair Compensation & Development Committee
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Martha W. Gilliland joined the Black & Veatch Board of Directors in 2004. Dr. Gilliland was Chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) from 2000 to 2005. She holds a doctorate in environmental engineering/systems ecology from the University of Florida. She has held engineering faculty and executive positions at the University of Arizona, Tulane University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She was Vice President of the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, through 2013 when she retired. She served on the President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology (appointed by George W. Bush) and as Senior Fellow at the Council for Aid to Education, a subsidiary of the RAND Corporation in New York City. She also serves on the Board of the University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona, the only academic hospital in Arizona.

Steven H. Wunning

Independent Lead Director,
Chair Audit Committee
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Steven Wunning joined the Black & Veatch Board of Directors in 2004.  In January 2015 Steve retired from Caterpillar Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, and industrial gas turbines.  Wunning was at Caterpillar for over 40 years and became a group president and Executive Office member of the company in 2004.  For the past five years he had administrative responsibility for the Resource Industries Group which included the Advanced Components & Systems Division, Integrated Manufacturing Operations Division, Mining Products Division, Mining Sales & Support Division, and Product Development & Global Technology Division.

Wunning has an undergraduate degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla - now Missouri University of Science and Technology - and an Executive MBA from the University of Illinois.  He is a former member of the Board of Governors for the American Red Cross in Washington, DC; a member of the Board of Directors of Kennametal Inc. in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.; and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri.

Martin G. Travers

Executive Director,
President, Telecommunications
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Martin Travers is the President of Black & Veatch’s Telecommunications business that is focused on deployment of wireless and wireline telecommunications networks and facilities. He is responsible for the overall financial performance, client satisfaction and strategic direction of the business. He joined the Black & Veatch Board of Directors in 2012. Travers earned his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1979 from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He joined Black & Veatch that same year, serving as Project Planner, Project Control Manager, Project Manager and in Business Development/Sales roles. He has developed an extensive background in the management of engineering and construction projects. Travers also serves on the Greater Kansas City March of Dimes Board of Directors and is the Chairman of that Board in 2015.

Andrew G. McMaster, Jr.

Independent Director
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Andrew McMaster, Jr., joined the Black & Veatch Board of Directors in June 2015. In May 2015, McMaster retired from Deloitte & Touche LLP, one of the world’s largest professional services networks providing audit, tax, consulting, enterprise risk and financial advisory services. A retired Senior Partner, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman, he spent his entire 39-year career with Deloitte & Touche. He served as Vice Chairman at Deloitte since 2002 and was responsible for starting the firm’s Forensic Services Practice at a time when forensic accounting was still a new concept. He also served as National Managing Partner of Deloitte’s CEO client program.

McMaster also currently serves on the Board of Directors of UBS Americas Holding LLC, a subsidiary of UBS AG, where he serves as the Chairperson of the Audit Committee and as Chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Committee (FASAC), an advisory body to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).

McMaster earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY, and his MBA from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. He previously served on the Deloitte LLP and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd Boards. In addition, he serves as Vice Chair of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees and was formerly the audit committee Chair for the National Episcopal Church.

Ed Walsh

President, Power Business
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Ed Walsh is President of Black & Veatch’s global power business, leading the company’s efforts to meet worldwide demand for reliable power. He sets and oversees the strategic direction of the business, which provides cost-competitive, environmentally sound infrastructure in power generation (renewables, nuclear and fossil fuels) and power delivery. Walsh joined Black & Veatch in 2003, and previously served as Executive Vice President and Executive Director of Global Services Projects within Black & Veatch’s energy business. He has spent more than 40 years in the global engineering and construction industry, helping clients support their customers’ power needs in rapidly changing business and regulatory environments. Walsh has led successful power projects all over the world, including North America, South Africa, the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, India, China, Indonesia and Thailand, among other regions. He graduated from Utica College in 1973 with a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. In 1997, he completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Business. 

Karen L. Daniel

Executive Director, CFO
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Karen Daniel graduated from Northwest Missouri State University and received her master’s degree in accounting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She spent 11 years with the certified public accounting firm of Peat Marwick (later KPMG), rising to Senior Audit Manager. She joined Black & Veatch in 1992 with the internal audit group, was named Chief Financial Officer in 1999 and joined the Black & Veatch Board of Directors in 2006.  In her role as CFO, she is responsible for developing and executing business strategies, and as President of Black & Veatch’s Global Finance & Technology Solutions Division, leads the global finance and IT organizations. Daniel serves on numerous public and philanthropic boards, including the KC Chamber Board of Directors, Executive, Goals and Compensation, and Finance and Audit Committees. She is a member of the Snap-on Board of Director’s and Audit Committee Chair, and was recently named Vice-Chair of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa.

W.P. (Pat) Campbell

Independent Director
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Pat Campbell joined the Black & Veatch Board of Directors in 1999 following a successful stint as Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development for Ameritech. From 2001 to 2003, he was Chairman and CEO of Magex, LTD. During his career, Campbell held senior management positions with SCM Corporation, McGraw Edison and North American Philips Corporation. More recently, he served as President of RCA/Columbia Pictures International and later Columbia TriStar Home Video. Currently, he is an independent consultant in the telecom and media industries.

H.P. Goldfield

Independent Director,
Chair Governance & Nominating Committee
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H.P. Goldfield joined the Black & Veatch Board of Directors in 2002. Goldfield is the Vice Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global business strategy firm co-chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, and former Secretary of Commerce and Kellogg CEO Carlos Gutierrez. He also serves as a Senior International Advisor to Hogan Lovells U.S. LLP, a global law firm based in Washington, D.C., where he is responsible for international trade and transactional activities on behalf of major U.S. and foreign clients. His prior government service includes serving as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development, and as Associate Counsel to the President. He was also appointed by President Reagan to the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Goldfield serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Middle East Institute. 

Timothy W. Triplett

Board Secretary, General Counsel
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Tim Triplett joined Black & Veatch in 2008. He serves as General Counsel, President of the Legal, Risk Management and Gov’t Affairs Division and as Secretary of the Black & Veatch Board of Directors. In these roles, he guides all legal, risk management, enterprise risk management and Government Affairs services on a wide variety of commercial matters. Triplett also serves as Chief Compliance Officer for the Company’s Global Ethics & Compliance Program. He received his bachelor’s degree from Southwest Baptist College and his juris doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Triplett is a regular speaker at domestic and international construction law seminars and the author of numerous professional publications. In the community, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Truman Presidential Library, Co-Chair of the KC Rising Design + Construct Committee, and services on the Steering Committee Business Council for the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.

Cindy Wallis-Lage

Executive Director,
President, Water Business
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Cindy Wallis-Lage is President of Black & Veatch’s global water business, leading the company’s efforts to address billions of dollars in water infrastructure needs around the world. Wallis-Lage joined the company in 1987 and has provided project and leadership expertise to more than 100 municipal and industrial facilities throughout the United States, the UK and Asia Pacific. Wallis-Lage joined the Black & Veatch Board of Directors in 2012. She is a licensed Professional Engineer. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University in 1985 and her Master’s degree in Environmental Health Engineering from the University of Kansas. Wallis-Lage has authored more than 50 papers, 20 technical articles and 10 textbook chapters. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the WateReuse Association. 

Randy G. Woelfel

Independent Director
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Randy Woelfel joined the Black & Veatch Board in 2013. He is currently an advisor to several international companies in the fields of energy and petrochemicals.

Woelfel was the Chief Executive Officer of NOVA Chemicals from 2009 to 2014. He has 37 years of extensive industry experience, beginning his career with Shell Oil Company in 1977. While at Shell Oil, he was a key member of the team which helped create Montell Polyolefins — today part of Lyondell Basell. He subsequently held the positions of President Basell International and President Basell North America.

Prior to joining NOVA Chemicals, he was Managing Director of Energy for the Houston Technology Center, Texas’ largest incubator and accelerator for emerging technology companies; and President of Cereplast, Inc, a bioplastics developer.

During his 14 years of international management experience, he served as a board member of numerous polyolefin-related public and private companies in South America, the Middle East and Asia. He also served two terms as a Director of the American Chemistry Council, America's oldest trade association of its kind - representing companies in the field of chemistry.

Woelfel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Rice University and a Masters in Management from MIT’s Sloan School of Business.