SOURCE: Parsons


April 07, 2011 17:53 ET

Harwood Appointed as President of Parsons Enterprises

PASADENA, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 7, 2011) - Parsons announces the appointment of Dean Harwood as President of Parsons Enterprises, a new entity focused on the development of concession-based businesses built on Parsons' strong credentials in infrastructure capital-asset delivery. Mr. Harwood will be responsible for corporate activities in public-private partnerships, project financing, project investments, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Mr. Harwood will report to the Office of the CEO.

Mr. Harwood has more than 20 years of experience in corporate and operational finance, profit and loss management, strategy and development, competitive analysis, and M&A. He joined Parsons in 2001 and has since held a succession of positions with increasing responsibilities. His most recent position was Vice President, Strategy/Development. In this capacity, he worked with Parsons management on the development and implementation of the corporation's overall strategy as well as its market-specific strategies. He also assisted with market and competitive intelligence and M&A activities. Prior to that, he served as the manager of Parsons' Technology Division.

"Dean is an experienced leader with extensive expertise in finance, operations management, mergers and acquisitions, and strategy development, and he will help us further advance our business strategy," said Chuck Harrington, Parsons' Chairman and CEO. "His experience includes a broad exposure to multiple industries, including engineering, construction, fee-for-service, and manufacturing."

Mr. Harwood is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of North Carolina. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a master's degree in business administration from Emory University's Goizueta Business School. He also participated in the Advanced Management Program at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He is based in Charlotte, NC.

Parsons, celebrating more than 65 years of growth in the engineering and construction industry, is a leader in many diversified marketswith a focus on infrastructure, environmental, and defense/security. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, professional services, and innovative alternative delivery solutions to private industrial customers worldwide, as well as to federal, regional, and local government agencies. For more about Parsons, please visit