MWH Global Announces New Roles for Two Executives in M&A and Communications

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Long-time senior executive Jim Kuiken is now chief corporate officer and Meg VanderLaan is now chief communications officer and will continue to lead the company’s communications strategies and efforts globally.

MWH Global Chairman and CEO Alan Krause announced newly created leadership roles for two MWH executives, effective immediately. Long-time senior executive Jim Kuiken is now chief corporate officer, with responsibilities as the senior risk officer and leader of the global company’s merger and acquisition process. He was formerly senior vice president and executive projects officer.

Meg VanderLaan is now chief communications officer and will continue to lead the company’s communications strategies and efforts globally. She was formerly vice president of communications.

“Jim and Meg have demonstrated their dedication to executing strategic business and communications initiatives worldwide that strengthen our connection with our clients, employees and communities,” said Krause. “Whether they are leading company expansion efforts or enhancing, protecting and defending the company’s brand and reputation, both have solid records in positioning the company for new growth opportunities.”

Kuiken has more than 30 years of international engineering, program and financial management experience. He joined MWH in 1986, holding a number of key leadership roles, including heading up the acquisition of Biwater Services Limited in the U.K., Wallingford Software in the U.K. and recently Outback Ecology in Australia. He also leads the MWH Caring Foundation, established in 2002 to fund charitable and educational causes and heads the company’s executive risk management committee (ERMC). Kuiken holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, a MSCE in hydraulics and water resources from Purdue University and a MBA from the University of Denver. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

For nearly 25 years, VanderLaan has served several major industries in marketing and communications roles. Since joining MWH in 2009, VanderLaan has been integral in promoting the company’s global brand and reputation. She has established and implemented a multi-dimensional communications program and serves as the company’s primary spokesperson. VanderLaan holds a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Gannon University. She is active in several organizations, including serving on the management group of the Downtown Denver Partnership and Denver Civic Ventures board of directors. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Gannon University in Erie, Penn.

Both executives are based out of the company’s Broomfield, Colo., headquarters.

About MWH
MWH Global is a strategic consulting, technical engineering and construction services firm leading the wet infrastructure sector. Offering a full range of services and innovative, award-winning solutions beginning in the initial planning phases through construction and asset management, we partner with our clients in multiple industries to implement projects and programs that focus on water, energy, natural resources and infrastructure. Our 8,000 employees in 35 countries spanning six continents are dedicated to fulfilling our purpose of Building a Better World, which reflects our commitment to sustainable development. MWH is a private, employee-owned firm with a rich legacy beginning in 1820. For more information, visit our website at

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