Three months after being acquired by U.K.-based construction giant Balfour Beatty, Parsons Brinckerhoff looked inside the organization for its new leader. George J. Pierson, a three-year veteran with PB, was named the company’s Chief Executive Officer in early December. He will assume the role after the first of the year.

Pierson, a licensed engineer and attorney who originally joined the firm as general counsel, succeeds Keith J. Hawksworth as CEO. Hawksworth will become chairman.


In addition to CEO, Pierson will retain his current title of President and COO of PB’s Americas division, as well.

PB remains a wholly-owned subsidiary of Balfour Beatty, the international engineering, construction, professional services and investment group, after the $626 acquisition which was finalized in October.

Prior to joining PB, Pierson was a partner and director of the law firm International Construction Practice Group of Peckar & Abramson.