Pernix Group, Inc. (OTCBB: PRXG), a global construction and power infrastructure company with integrated design and engineering capability, has appointed Don J. Gunther to its Board of Directors to fill the vacancy created by the recent resignation of Jeffrey Adams. The appointment brings the number of board members to seven, six of whom are considered independent. Mr. Gunther will also fill Mr. Adams’ vacancy on the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Gunther, age 73, is Chairman of the Board of INgage Networks, a high-tech company that is a leading enterprise networking organization. He is also a director of WPX Energy, Inc., an oil and gas exploration and production company. Previously, until his retirement in 1999, Mr. Gunther was Vice Chairman and Director of the Bechtel Group, where he had responsibility for all of the global industry units and all corporate functions, including project management, engineering, procurement, construction, information services, information technology and contracts. Mr. Gunther’s 38-year career with Bechtel began in 1961, when he joined the company as a field engineer and ultimately became a driving force behind Bechtel’s work processes, marketing strategies, organizational structure and leadership development efforts. Between 1975 and 1978, he served as project manager on the $2 billion Syncrude project in Alberta, Canada. In 1992, he piloted the concept of a “region” in Bechtel, and his vision led to the company restructuring its global organization into regions, regional industry units, global industry units, and functions. Prior to being named Vice Chairman in 1997, his leadership roles included Senior Vice President; President of Bechtel Petroleum, Chemical & Industrial Company; President of Bechtel’s Europe, Africa, Middle East and Southwest Asia region based in London; and President of Bechtel’s Americas organization in Houston. Mr. Gunther received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, and an honorary doctorate, from Missouri University of Science and Technology, and served as a trustee and advisor to the University.