Westwood Professional Services, a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based national multi-discipline engineering firm. announced that Bryan Powell has been appointed as CEO after the retirement of Paul Greenhagen. He will lead the company from its office in Plano.
The retirement and appointment take effect on Monday, Oct. 2. Greenhagen will continue to serve as a director on the board.
Westwood is a full-service professional engineering firm specializing in wind energy, solar energy, energy storage, power delivery, EV infrastructure, commercial, institutional, residential, and public infrastructure projects.
“We wish Paul the best in his retirement and thank him for his outstanding efforts leading Westwood to where it is today. Paul has been a thoughtful, insightful, persevering, and effective leader as he and his team continuously set the stage for growth while overcoming many obstacles which otherwise would have delayed progress,” Board Chair Larry Bossidy said in a statement.
“At the same time, the board welcomes Bryan Powell to the CEO role,” Bossidy added. “Bryan is an energetic, strategic, results-oriented visionary with the required skills necessary to lead Westwood’s next promising chapter of the company’s history.”
Greenhagen joined the company as its first survey crew chief in 1986, serving in land development.
“Westwood has a bright future, and Bryan will do a great job as CEO,” Greenhagen said in a statement. “He has a proven track record of success as a leader and is the right person at the right time to lead the company to the next level. I look forward to working with Bryan from the board level and witnessing Westwood’s continued success.”
During his 37 years at Westwood, Greenhagen held multiple leadership positions and led the firm’s diversification into renewables and power delivery. Greenhagen was appointed CEO in 2010.
Launching a ‘bold vision for 2024 and beyond’
Powell has served as the firm’s chief operations officer since 2021 and has held various leadership positions within Westwood since joining the firm in 2010.
“This is an exciting time for Westwood,” Powell said in a statement. “We recently launched our bold vision for 2024 and beyond, that continues to place Westwood as a leader in the industry. I am grateful to Paul and the board of directors for entrusting me to lead Westwood in this next chapter.”
Greenhagen received the Zweig Group Jerry Allen Courage in Leadership Award in 2019 that recognizes leaders who have made a profound impact in the industry. During his time as CEO, Greenhagen led the firm in tremendous growth and national expansion, Westwood said.
Powell has held several senior leadership positions in Westwood, including director, vice president, and senior vice president.
Since 2021, Powell has served as the company’s COO, providing executive oversight of Westwood’s operations driving “unprecedented profitable growth” for the firm.
During his tenure, Westwood has added multiple new markets and services, revised the structure of the organization to accommodate growth, and successfully integrated several large firms through acquisitions.
Westwood was established in 1972 in Minneapolis.
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