Quanta Services Names Earl C. "Duke" Austin, Jr. Chief Operating Officer

Austin to Lead Company's Operations in Growing Energy Markets

Dec 21, 2012, 06:00 ET from Quanta Services

HOUSTON, Dec. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Quanta Services, Inc. (NYSE: PWR) today announced that Earl C. "Duke" Austin, Jr., has been named chief operating officer.  Effective Jan. 1, 2013, Austin will oversee Quanta's domestic and international operations. Austin most recently held the title of president, Electric Power and Natural Gas and Pipeline Divisions, and has overseen power and pipeline operations since January 2011. In 2009, he joined the Quanta executive team from the company's North Houston Pole Line operating unit to oversee the company's pipeline operations.

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"Under Duke's leadership, Quanta has successfully grown its electric power and pipeline infrastructure services to meet the emerging and dynamic demands of the market while strengthening margins. His deep expertise and vast experience in the energy industry make him an important part of our strategic growth initiatives," said Jim O'Neil, president and chief executive officer of Quanta Services. "In his new job, Duke will oversee the continued growth of Quanta as we maintain our leading position in the markets we serve."

Austin, 43, brings more than two decades of industry experience to the position and represents the fourth generation of Austins to work in the electrical business. As president of North Houston Pole Line, Austin oversaw the company's full range of electric power, gas and telecommunications infrastructure services and was instrumental in its rapid growth. Quanta acquired North Houston Pole Line in 2001.

Austin serves on the board of the Southwest Line Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association.  He received a Bachelor of Arts in business management with an emphasis in accounting from Sam Houston State University. 


Quanta Services is a leading specialized contracting services company, delivering infrastructure solutions for the electric power and natural gas and pipeline industries in North American and in certain international markets. 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.

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