SAN DIEGO, California — Kleinfelder – a global architecture, engineering and science consulting firm – has elected M. Ashraf Jahangir (Hanover, Maryland) and Kerry Ruebelmann (Salt Lake City, Utah) to the company’s Board of Directors. Jahangir and Ruebelmann join a dynamic team led by Chairman of the Board and CEO Bill Siegel.
“Throughout their careers, Kerry and Ashraf have committed themselves to the highest standard of excellence,” said Siegel. “They both bring a wealth of expertise and experience that will enable Kleinfelder to achieve continued success.”
Jahangir, senior vice president for Kleinfelder’s energy business, has been with the company for 19 years. Jahangir received his bachelor’s degree from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, and earned a Master of Science in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin. His business acumen, genuine interest in people, understanding of client needs, and ability to exceed client expectations buoyed Jahangir to various leadership roles. Today, he leads the global strategy and execution of the company’s energy business. Additionally, Jahangir operates as the Australia Division Manager, helping to guide the growth of Kleinfelder’s developing overseas business unit. He is a Professional Civil Engineer licensed in Texas and Maryland.
Ruebelmann, a 28-year veteran of the consulting industry, has experience in science and engineering consulting including geologic studies, petroleum land management, environmental assessment and remediation and regulatory compliance in a variety of markets. She has served in several leadership positions within Kleinfelder including operational management and Chair of the employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) committee and serves externally on a university advisory board and industry association committees. Ruebelmann is currently the technical discipline leader for the company's Facility and Operations Compliance and Strategic Planning Disciplines. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Geology from Idaho State University.
The Board of Directors is currently made up of nine members—seven Kleinfelder employee-owners and two outside directors. Outside directors augment the Board’s work by bringing additional business knowledge, experience, and specialty skills to the Board’s decision-making process.
The responsibility of the Board of Directors is to protect the interests of the various stakeholder groups and to specifically steward the investments of the company’s shareholders. As the highest governing body within the company, it is the Board’s duty to establish broad policies and objectives, hire and supervise the CEO, ensure the availability of adequate financial resources, approve annual budgets, and supervise the organization's performance. At Kleinfelder, the Board also establishes the stock value for all internal direct shareholder transactions, oversees stock repurchase programs, and approves all acquisition and merger activity.
Founded in 1961, Kleinfelder is a leading engineering, construction management, design and environmental professional services firm. Kleinfelder operates from over 60 office locations in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The company is headquartered in San Diego, California.