Kate Harris brings 25 years of international experience in the construction, engineering and consulting industry
Stanley Consultants announced today that Kate Harris has been elected president and CEO of the global consulting engineering firm. She steps into the position previously held by Gayle Roberts, who will become chairman of the board. Current chair, Gregs Thomopulos, who has been with the firm for over 50 years, will retire in June and become chair emeritus.
“I am delighted to welcome Kate to our company,” said Thomopulos. “She brings a broad range of experience, especially in international operations which Stanley Consultants has practiced in for over 60 years. I have the utmost confidence in her ability to continue and improve upon our record of success.”
Harris has 25 years of international experience in the construction, engineering and consulting industry. Most recently she provided board and executive advisory services following her global Commercial Officer role with MWH, a 7,000-employee strong engineering and construction management firm recently acquired by Stantec. At MWH, she established the firm’s first innovation practice as well as developing and executing a number of business transformation and performance improvement strategies, including leadership of MWH’s Pune-based design and support services hub and the development of global strategies and practices to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the firm’s 1,750 technical and design employees in 78 locations worldwide.
“I was drawn to Stanley Consultants’ rich legacy and culture,” said Harris. “The firm has a long history of being sought out by clients with the most challenging projects and is highly regarded for its technical innovation and exemplary client service.”
Harris has a broad range of experience that includes strategy development, risk management, building high performing teams, developing client relationships and profitably growing businesses including winning and executing large and complex programs.
“Kate shares our core values and philosophies. She has a proven record of accomplishments, a strong business acumen and the aptitude to integrate into Stanley Consultants’ corporate culture,” said Roberts. “I’m eager to work with her in this next chapter of Stanley Consultants.”