TULSA, Okla., March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Matrix Service Company (Nasdaq: MTRX), a leading industrial services company, announced today that John R. Hewitt will join the company as president and chief executive officer. Mr. Hewitt succeeds Michael J. Bradley, who served as president and chief executive officer from November 2006 to November 2010. Since Mr. Bradley's departure, Michael J. Hall, the Company's Chairman of the Board of Directors, expanded his role to provide oversight and strategic direction to the Company's executive management team. Upon Mr. Hewitt joining the Company, Mr. Hall will remain as Chairman of the Board of Directors and work closely with Mr. Hewitt to ensure a smooth transition.
Mr. Hewitt has spent his entire career in the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) industry. For the past 25 years, he has worked for various operating businesses of Aker Solutions ASA (Aker) and its predecessor companies, which provide engineering and construction services, technology products, and integrated solutions to the energy and process industries worldwide. Mr. Hewitt is currently senior vice president of Aker Solutions, where he is responsible for providing executive oversight on major capital projects in Power and LNG. He previously served as President, United States Operations, Aker Solutions E&C US, Inc. from 2007 to 2009 where he was responsible for managing all construction services in North America. Previous to that he served as President, Aker Construction Inc where he had full profit and loss responsibility for a multi-disciplined direct hire industrial construction business operating throughout North America.
Mr. Hall said, " John Hewitt has extensive experience in the construction industry and in the markets we serve. He has been responsible for managing growth and delivering solid business results throughout his career. He brings a demonstrated ability and proven record in the EPC industry and is well prepared to lead Matrix Service Company."
Mr. Hewitt earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Stetson University in 1980 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology in 1983.Mr. Hewitt will relocate from Michigan to Tulsa and plans to start with Matrix Service in early May. About Matrix Service Company Matrix Service Company provides engineering, fabrication, construction and repair and maintenance services principally to the petroleum, petrochemical, power, bulk storage terminal, pipeline and industrial gas industries.