SOURCE: Willbros Group, Inc.

Willbros Group, Inc.

February 07, 2011 07:00 ET

Willbros Group Names Rob Berra Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - February 7, 2011) - Willbros Group, Inc. (NYSE: WG) announced today that J. Robert "Rob" Berra has been appointed Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing. In this position, Mr. Berra will manage Willbros' sales and marketing resources to promote backlog growth and earnings visibility as well as to advance alignment of the Company's sales efforts with its business unit strategies. Mr. Berra will also engage with other members of the Executive Leadership Team to identify and pursue cross selling opportunities based on internal synergies and customers' needs. 

Mr. Berra joins Willbros from Foster Wheeler USA, where he served as Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations. Mr. Berra has over 20 years of experience in the global engineering and construction industry, primarily in oil and gas, including refining, petrochemicals, LNG, offshore, government and technology. His experience includes responsible management positions in engineering, construction, program management, business development, operations and executive management. Prior to joining Foster Wheeler, Mr. Berra held leadership positions at ConocoPhillips, Shaw Group and KBR. 

 "The strategic acquisitions we have made since 2006, in particular the recent InfrastruX acquisition, have provided Willbros greater opportunities in North America," said Randy Harl, President and Chief Executive Officer. "As a larger, more diversified company with access to larger end markets and the critical mass to perform more services, we recognize that we need dedicated resources focused on key areas including Investor Relations, Strategy and Sales & Marketing. Over the past few years, Mike Collier has successfully led all of these functions which resulted in significant improvements to Willbros' sales process. As we advance Willbros' growth strategy, we must continue delivering superior quality for our customers as well as remain focused on cultivating relationships with our expanding shareholder base. Going forward, Mike will continue leading both Investor Relations and Willbros' strategic planning process. Rob will lead the Company's efforts to enhance a more strategic sales function as we grow and develop more extensive relationships and relevant experience in our markets. Rob brings the experience and high level of energy to take our sales and business development function to the next level," concluded Harl.

Willbros Group, Inc. is an independent contractor serving the oil, gas, power, refining and petrochemical industries, providing engineering, construction, turnaround, maintenance, life cycle extension services and facilities development and operations services to industry and government entities worldwide. For more information on Willbros, please visit our web site at

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, which address activities, events or developments the Company expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, are forward-looking statements. A number of risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from these statements, including the potential for additional investigations; disruptions to the global credit markets; global economic downturn; fines and penalties by government agencies; new legislation or regulations detrimental to the economic operation of refining capacity in the United States; the identification of one or more other issues that require restatement of one or more prior period financial statements; contract and billing disputes; the integration and operation of InfrastruX; the possible losses arising from the discontinuation of operations and the sale of the Nigeria assets; the existence of material weaknesses in internal controls over financial reporting; availability of quality management; availability and terms of capital; changes in, or the failure to comply with, government regulations; ability to remain in compliance with, or obtain waivers under, the Company's loan agreements and indentures; the promulgation, application, and interpretation of environmental laws and regulations; future E&P capital expenditures; oil, gas, gas liquids, and power prices and demand; the amount and location of planned pipelines; poor refinery crack spreads; delay of planned refinery outages and upgrades; the effective tax rate of the different countries where the Company performs work; development trends of the oil, gas, power, refining and petrochemical industries and changes in the political and economic environment of the countries in which the Company has operations; as well as other risk factors described from time to time in the Company's documents and reports filed with the SEC. The Company assumes no obligation to update publicly such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact Information

    Michael W. Collier
    Vice President Investor Relations Sales & Marketing

    Connie Dever
    Director Strategic Planning