Steve Edwards on Wednesday became chairman, president and chief executive officer of Black & Veatch, an engineering company based in Overland Park.
Edwards, an electrical engineer, succeeds Len Rodman, who has retired after 42 years at the company, 15 of them as CEO.
Edwards had been Black & Veatch’s chief operating officer since April. The plan for him to succeed Rodman was announced that month, but the transition wasn’t to be complete until Edwards finished work on a strategic plan initiative and the 2014 budgeting process.
The company said it was ready to cement the transition this week. Neither Edwards nor Rodman was available Wednesday for comment.
Before April, Edwards was an executive vice president in the engineering firm’s global energy business. He has been with the company for 35 years and has been a member of the firm’s executive committee since 2005 and a member of the board of directors since 2012. His background includes projects in North America, Asia and Australia.
Edwards graduated from the University of Missouri and serves on the executive council of the School of Computing and Engineering at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is a member of the financial committee for Jackson County Court Appointed Special Advocates and served as a campaign cabinet member for the 2013 United Way of Greater Kansas City.
The engineering company, the largest such firm based in the Kansas City area, had 2012 revenue of $3.3 billion. It was founded in 1915 and has grown to do energy, water, telecommunications and government services business in more than 100 countries. It employs about 3,400 locally and about 10,000 globally.
In preparation for its centennial observance, the company has undertaken a headquarters renovation and addition at 11401 Lamar Ave.