Quanta Services Inc. has appointed COO Earl “Duke” Austin Jr. as its new president and CEO, replacing the company's current president and CEO, Jim O'Neil, who has stepped down as part of Quanta's ongoing leadership succession planning. Austin will retain his title of COO in addition to president and CEO.
O'Neil has also resigned from the board of directors, and the board has appointed Austin to fill that position. O'Neil will remain available to Austin and the company as part of this planned succession.
Austin brings more than two decades of industry experience to the position. He has served as Quanta's COO since January 2013. He previously served as president of the electric power division and oil and gas division from May 2011 to December 2012, and had responsibility for oversight of power and pipeline operations since January 2011. He served as president of the oil and gas division from October 2009 to May 2011 and as president of North Houston Pole Line LP, an electric power and natural gas specialty contractor and now a subsidiary of Quanta, from 2001 until September 2009. He is currently a director of the Southwest Line Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association. Austin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business management.