December 04, 2012 10:11 ET

Rob Berra Joins CH2M HILL as President of Firm's Energy & Chemicals Business Group

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - Dec 4, 2012) - CH2M HILL (, a global full-service consulting, design, construction and operations firm, is pleased to announce that Rob Berra has joined the company as President of its Energy & Chemicals Business Group.

In this executive leadership position, Berra will be responsible for overall operations, project delivery and profitability for the Energy & Chemicals Business Group. The group provides project and operations services that span the entire energy value chain, including upstream and midstream oil and gas, refining, chemicals and petrochemicals, gasification, biofuels, pipelines, terminals and mining.

Berra has an outstanding leadership track record as demonstrated by his ability to drive growth and profitability as well as lead organizations in new and existing markets. Working both for engineering and construction contractors and for a major international oil company, his experience spans upstream, midstream and downstream markets. He has worked in capacities ranging from engineering, construction, program management, business development, operations and executive management and crossed the full scope of possible services from concept development through installation and operations.

"Rob, with his wide experience and demonstrated leadership capabilities, is ideally suited for this role," says Mike Szomjassy, President of CH2M HILL's Energy, Water, and Facilities Division. "Rob is the right person at the right time to help us excel and grow in this environment. The energy and chemicals markets are poised for substantial growth over the next 2 to 3 years as each segment we support has tremendous opportunities."

The 6,000 employees of CH2M HILL's Energy & Chemicals Business Group successfully deliver solutions to challenging and complex projects in some of the world's most extreme environmental conditions and geographic locations. The group's recent experience includes program management of major oil and gas developments in the Middle East; EPC and oil field operations in the Arctic; operations and maintenance support for one of the world's largest mining projects in Mongolia; refinery upgrades and turnarounds in North and South America; program management for a multi-billion dollar natural gas pipeline safety enhancement program in the United States; pipeline and terminal projects on three continents; and delivery of first-of-a-kind processes for chemical producers around the world.

Most recently, Berra served as Executive Vice President at Willbros, an energy infrastructure services company, where he was responsible for all sales & marketing functions. He joined Willbros from Foster Wheeler USA where he was Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations. He also had responsibility for the company's heavy oil technology portfolio and chemicals business line. Prior to joining Foster Wheeler, he held senior leadership responsibilities for the capital project development function at ConocoPhillips. During his tenure, he was the portfolio manager for major pipeline projects and global manager of EPC contracting. Berra has previous executive management experience with two international engineering and construction contractors; The Shaw Group and KBR.

Berra will be working out of CH2M HILL's Houston office.

Headquartered near Denver, Colorado, USA, employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations, and program management for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. The firm's work is concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environmental, energy, facilities and resources. With US$6.4 billion in revenue and 30,000 employees, CH2M HILL is an industry-leading program management, construction management and design firm, as ranked by Engineering News-Record and named a leader in sustainable engineering by Verdantix. The firm has been named a FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For five times. Visit us at, and for jobs at