Willbros Group Inc. (NYSE: WG) has promoted Earl Collins to the role of president of Willbros Group Inc., effective July 1. Collins is a veteran of the engineering and construction industry where he has led increasingly large and complex projects and organizations for more than 20 years. Collins is currently president of the Willbros Oil & Gas business and a member of the executive leadership team.
In addition to the appointment of Collins, Michael Fournier, currently president of Willbros Canada, has been named executive vice president and COO of Willbros Group, with primary responsibility for the construction and maintenance activities of the company.
Edward Wiegele, currently president of Professional Services, has been named executive vice president of Willbros Group and president of Engineering and Technology. Fournier and Wiegele will report to Collins and remain members of the executive leadership team.
Collins joined Willbros as president of the company's Oil & Gas Segment and member of the executive leadership team in May 2013. Previously, he was with CH2M HILL, where he served as president and global director of EPC & Construction Operations for its Energy and Chemicals Business Group. He began his career as an engineer/estimator at Peter Kiewit Construction Co. A graduate of the Kiewit Executive Leadership Development Program, during his 17 years with that firm, he served in capacities of increasing responsibility, rising to the position of senior vice president. He is a member of the Rice Global Round Table and the Construction Industry Institute (CII). Collins holds a Bachelor of Science degree in construction engineering from Iowa State University.
Fournier serves as president of Willbros Canada and a member of the executive leadership team. He joined Willbros Canada as COO in August 2011. He is a 29-year veteran of Western Canada's oil & gas service industry. Prior to joining Willbros, Fournier held various executive and senior management positions with a number of industrial contractors operating in the Canadian oil sands. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, and is registered with the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.
Wiegele joined Willbros in 2007 as vice president of Integrity Services, and became president of Engineering in 2010 and president of Willbros' Professional Services in 2013. Previously, he served as senior vice president of the pipeline division and general manager of Integrity Services for GE Oil & Gas. Wiegele also spent 13 years with Panhandle Eastern, where he held various engineering, construction, project management, and marketing positions. He has more than 30 years of experience in engineering, project management, GIS technologies, integrity management, and technology implementation and integration. Wiegele is a member of the American Petroleum Institute, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) Foundation, the Southern Gas Association, and the Geographic Information Technology Association. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University.