Beth M. Foley Joins Michael Baker International as Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- To support its expanding global reach and deepening local and regional client relationships, Michael Baker International today announced communications executive Beth M. Foley has joined the firm as Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, effective November 17, 2014. The firm, a leading global provider of engineering and integrated consulting services, recently implemented a strategy of local leadership for national and international markets and expanding worldwide practices in targeted markets.

Foley, who has spent the better part of the past 20 years leading strategic communications initiatives at some of the nation's largest energy companies, reports to Chief Executive Officer Kurt Bergman and will oversee all corporate communications, marketing and advertising functions across Michael Baker International's 90 global offices.

"As we continue to grow and better position ourselves globally, we recognized the need to add someone of Beth's expertise to the executive management team," said Bergman. "Her strengths as a leader, acumen as an educator and effectiveness as a top-level communicator add immediate value as we build on a 75-year history of expertise with a new strategy for global growth and customer satisfaction. Effective communications will play an important role in reaching these goals, and Beth's appointment shows our commitment to success."

Foley recently served as Senior Director, Corporate Communications for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and previously held communications leadership roles with GSI Commerce (now an eBay company), Radian International, PJM Interconnection, and Progress Energy, now known as Duke Energy. She also serves intermittently as an adjunct professor at the University of New York–Prague, as part of La Salle University's Professional and Business Communication Master's degree program.

"I was drawn to Michael Baker International because of its iconic, 75-year legacy coupled with an entrepreneurial approach to its future based on our expanding capabilities and communities we serve," said Foley, whose expertise includes advertising, brand management, marketing, public relations, crisis communications and multicultural communications. "I look forward to working with the entire team in pursuit of our vision through effective communications."

Foley holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from Villanova University, a Master of Arts, Professional Communication from La Salle University, and a Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication from Bloomsburg University. She was the recipient of the La Salle University 2013 Shining Star Award and the Bloomsburg University Outstanding Graduate Award for Mass Communications. Ms. Foley is a standing member of the International Association of Business Communicators and Public Relations Society of America.

About Michael Baker International

Michael Baker International, LLC is a leading global provider of engineering and consulting services which includes planning, architectural, environmental, construction, program management, and full life cycle support services as well as information technology and communications services and solutions. Baker provides its comprehensive range of services and solutions in support of U.S. federal, state, and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of commercial clients. With over $1 billion in annual revenue, Michael Baker International has more than 5,000 employees in over 90 offices located across the U.S. and internationally, and is ranked as the 26th largest design firm in the U.S. by McGraw Hill's Engineering News-Record. To learn more about Michael Baker International visit:

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