David L. Richter has resigned as Chief Executive Officer of the company. During his 22 years with Hill, Richter held various leadership roles, including Vice President and General Counsel from 1995 to 1999, Senior Vice President and General Counsel from 1999 to 2001, President of Hill's Project Management Group from 2001 to 2004, President and Chief Operating Officer from 2004 to 2014, and CEO since 2014. Richter initiated and led the effort to make Hill a public company in 2006 and more recently initiated and led the sale of Hill's Construction Claims Group.
"The sale of the company's Construction Claims Group is critical to the future of Hill. It was extremely important for me and the company to see this transaction through," said Richter. "This sale will significantly improve Hill's financial position and create opportunities for growth that were not possible prior to the sale. I am extremely proud of the team we have built at Hill and I am honored to have served as CEO of such an outstanding world-class organization," added Richter.
"David was an integral part of Hill's growth and the driving force behind the sale of the Claims Group," said Craig L. Martin, Hill's Chairman. "He is leaving Hill on a very high note having orchestrated the most important transaction in Hill's history," added Martin.
Paul Evans, a Director on Hill's Board since August 2016, will assume the role of Interim Chief Executive Officer and Director until a permanent replacement is appointed. Evans has extensive operational and leadership experience, most recently serving as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of MYR Group.
"I am honored to be appointed as Interim CEO. We appreciate everything David has done to make Hill a global leader in construction management," said Evans. "Our focus going forward will be on maintaining liquidity, improving internal controls, optimizing financial performance and returning to profitability," added Evans.
"Paul has been a tremendous resource for Hill's Board of Directors, and is an ideal candidate to serve as Interim CEO," said Martin. "He is an outstanding leader with exceptional business experience. We look forward to improving both Hill's growth and performance," he added.
Further leadership changes include Craig Martin's appointment as Executive Chairman to a newly established Office of the Chairman. The Office of the Chairman is comprised of Craig Martin, Chairman, Paul Evans, Interim Chief Executive Officer and Director, Raouf S. Ghali, President and Chief Operating Officer and William H. Dengler, Jr. Executive Vice President and General Counsel. This committee represents all Hill International stakeholders: employees, clients and shareholders.
Following the closing of the Construction Claims Group, Hill International, with 3,300 professionals in more than 60 offices worldwide, will provide program management, project management, construction management and other consulting services primarily to the buildings, transportation, environmental, energy and industrial markets. Engineering News-Record magazine recently ranked Hill as the eighth largest construction management firm in the United States. For more information on Hill, please visit our website at www.hillintl.com.