Willdan Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WLDN), a provider of professional technical and consulting services, today announced the retirement of John M. Toups from the Company's Board of Directors and the appointments of Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn, USN, Retired, and Curtis S. Probst to the Company's Board of Directors, all effective March 16, 2017. As a result of these changes, Willdan's Board of Directors will expand to nine members total, eight of whom will be independent.

"We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to John Toups for a decade of insight and contribution on Willdan's Board," said Tom Brisbin, Willdan's Chairman and CEO. "We are excited to welcome two esteemed new directors in Dennis McGinn and Curtis Probst. Each is a nationally recognized expert in the electric energy marketplace. We look forward to their input and guidance as we continue to pursue the significant growth opportunities we see in the electric energy services market."

Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn, Ret., Biography:

Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn, Ret., served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment from September 2013 until January 2017. In this role, Vice Admiral McGinn, Ret., led the transformation of naval installations toward greater resiliency though energy efficiency, microgrids, and other technologies.

Previously, Vice Admiral McGinn, Ret., served in the United States Navy for 35 years attaining the rank of Vice Admiral. Vice Admiral McGinn, Ret., served as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs, overseeing the development of future Navy capabilities, and previously commanded the United States Third Fleet. While in the Navy, he served as a naval aviator, test pilot, aircraft carrier commanding officer, and national security strategist.

Vice Admiral McGinn, Ret., is a former President of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) where he led efforts to communicate the economic, security and environmental benefits of renewable energy. Vice Admiral McGinn, Ret., is also a past member of the Steering Committee of the Energy Future Coalition, the United States Energy Security Council, the Bipartisan Center Energy Board, the past Co-Chairman of the CNA Military Advisory Board, and has been an International Senior Fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute.

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