HOUSTON, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Quanta Services, Inc. (NYSE: PWR) today announced that Gerard Sonnier has joined the company as vice president and general counsel. Sonnier, 54, comes to Quanta after serving as vice president, assistant general counsel, litigation and chief Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance officer with Waste Management, Inc. There, Sonnier provided strategic litigation leadership and was responsible for developing and implementing Waste Management's FCPA compliance program.
"Gerard brings a breadth of experience and legal expertise from Fortune 200 and energy companies to Quanta," said Jim O'Neil, president and chief executive officer of Quanta Services, Inc. "He has extensive contract management and enterprise risk management experience, and we are pleased to have Gerard leading our legal team as Quanta continues to grow and leverage its leadership position in the energy infrastructure markets we serve."
Sonnier brings three decades of broad-based experience in both general counsel and chief compliance officer roles with two Fortune 200 companies. Prior to joining Waste Management, Inc., he served as acting general counsel and chief compliance counsel with Baker Hughes Incorporated, one of the world's largest oilfield services companies. Prior to that he worked in private practice with several law firms over the course of 15 years where he represented and advised many energy and oilfield clients in a wide variety of complex legal matters.Sonnier received his Juris Doctor degree (cum laude) from Tulane University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Colorado. He is a member of the Louisiana and Texas State Bar Associations, a member of the Bar Association of the Federal Fifth Circuit, a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and was on the Board of Directors of the Houston General Counsel Forum. ABOUT QUANTA SERVICESQuanta Services is a leading specialized contracting services company, delivering infrastructure solutions for the electric power and natural gas and pipeline industries. Quanta's comprehensive services include designing, installing, repairing and maintaining network infrastructure. Additionally, Quanta licenses point-to-point fiber optic telecommunications infrastructure in certain markets and offers related design, procurement, construction and maintenance services. With operations throughout North America and in certain international markets, Quanta has the manpower, resources and expertise to complete projects that are local, regional, national or international in scope. Forward-Looking Statements This press release (and oral statements regarding the subject matter of this release) contains forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the "safe harbor" from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, market leadership and growth opportunities, as well as statements reflecting expectations, intentions, assumptions or beliefs about future events, and other statements that do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. Although Quanta's management believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. These statements can be affected by inaccurate assumptions and by a variety of risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict or beyond our control, including, among others, the effects of industry, economic or political conditions outside of the control of Quanta; trends and growth opportunities in relevant markets; the potential to incur losses with respect to our operations; the ability to generate internal growth; the ability to successfully identify and complete acquisitions; the ability to effectively compete for new projects and market share; risks associated with operating in international markets; potential liabilities associated with multiemployer pension plans; unexpected costs or liabilities that may arise from lawsuits or indemnity claims related to the services Quanta performs; liabilities for claims that are self-insured; and the ability to capitalize on business opportunities and other factors affecting Quanta's business generally, including risks detailed in Quanta's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and any other documents of Quanta filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Should one or more of these risks materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are current only as of this date. Quanta does not undertake and expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. For a discussion of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, investors are urged to refer to Quanta's documents filed with the SEC that are available through the company's website at www.quantaservices.com or through the SEC's Electronic Data Gathering and Analysis Retrieval System (EDGAR) at www.sec.gov. Contacts: Investors - Kip Rupp, CFAMedia - Stephanie MorelandQuanta Services, Inc. 713-629-7600 SOURCE Quanta Services, Inc.
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