John R. Colson to Assume Role as Executive Chairman in May 2011; James F. O'Neil III to Become CEO

Mar 24, 2011, 19:53 ET from Quanta Services, Inc.

HOUSTON, March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Quanta Services, Inc. (NYSE: PWR) today announced that chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) John R. Colson will assume the role of executive chairman of the board on May 19, 2011, and that president and chief operating officer (COO) James F. O'Neil III will succeed Colson as CEO at that time.  O'Neil will continue to hold the position of president.

"After thirteen years at the helm of Quanta, it is time to transition the leadership of the company's day-to-day operations," said Colson.  "I look forward to continuing to work with Jim O'Neil and other members of the executive team as we further capitalize on our unique opportunity to deliver infrastructure solutions and strengthen our company."

Colson, 63, is one of the founders of Quanta.  In his new, full-time role, Colson will remain actively involved with the company, working with O'Neil and the executive team on strategic acquisitions and investments, international expansion and the long-term direction of the company.  

"I have tremendous respect for Jim's abilities and confidence in his leadership," said Colson.  "As an experienced operations executive, Jim has an exceptional background for the CEO role.  He spent eleven years in management at Quanta, including his role as president and COO since 2008.  He is one of the veterans of the Quanta management team, having joined us early in our development, and has led an increasingly broad set of functional groups at our company over the years.  I'd like to congratulate Jim and I look forward to working with him on his transition into the CEO role over the next two months."

O'Neil, 52, has served as Quanta's president and COO since October 2008, as senior vice president of operations integration and audit from December 2002 until October 2008, and as vice president of operations integration from August 1999 until December 2002.  O'Neil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Tulane University.

"Under John's vision and leadership, Quanta has become the leading infrastructure service provider in the industries we serve," said O'Neil.  "I am honored to be named to this position and will continue to build on the foundation that has made our organization successful.  We have the best team in the industry, and I look forward to leveraging our strengths to maintain our market-leading position and deliver sustained profitable growth."

About Quanta:

Quanta Services is a leading specialized contracting services company, delivering infrastructure solutions for the electric power, natural gas and pipeline and telecommunications industries.  The company's comprehensive services include designing, installing, repairing and maintaining network infrastructure nationwide.  Additionally, Quanta provides point-to-point fiber optic telecommunications infrastructure in select markets and offers related design, procurement, construction and maintenance services.  With operations throughout North America, Quanta has the manpower, resources and expertise to complete projects that are local, regional, national or international in scope.

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