MARLTON, N.J., Aug. 27, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hill International (NYSE:HIL), the global leader in managing construction risk, announced today several new hires and promotions.
Osama A. Abu Sitta, of Hill's Doha, Qatar office, has been promoted to Vice President in charge of Qatar operations for Hill's Project Management Group. Abu Sitta has almost 28 years of experience in construction management. Prior to joining Hill in 2003, he worked for 12 years at URS Corp. and its predecessor company O'Brien Kreitzberg, most recently as Deputy Program Manager. Abu Sitta holds a B.S. in civil engineering from California State University.
Nicholas Balagurchik, Jr., FACHE, of Hill's Washington DC office, has joined the company as Healthcare Practice Leader and will head up all Mid-Atlantic healthcare initiatives for Hill's Project Management Group. Balagurchik has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, having held several senior positions within healthcare systems and organizations. His expertise includes operational analysis, fiscal improvement, strategic planning and business development with major healthcare systems across the country. Prior to joining Hill, Balagurchik was President of Ramello Corporation, a healthcare consulting firm. Prior to that, he was the Chief Operating Officer of the Southern Maryland Hospital Center. Balagurchik earned his B.S. in business administration from Monmouth University and his M.A. in health care administration from George Washington University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives.
Kevin O. Ellis, FRICS, of Hill's London, UK office, has joined the company as Vice President & Managing Director of Cost Management Services. Ellis has over 25 years of project, cost and contract management experience. Prior to joining Hill, he worked for more than 17 years for Currie & Brown, most recently as Director and International Operations Manager. Ellis earned his B.Sc. in building economics and measurement from Aston University and his M.B.A. from the University of Navarra's IESE Business School at Barcelona. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Pierre-Yves Paquette, of Hill's Athens, Greece office, has joined the company as Vice President of International Finance. Paquette has over 35 years of experience in construction, project and program management. He has a wide range of international finance and project controls experience dealing with major engineering and construction projects, from implementation to completion, both domestic and international. Prior to joining Hill, Paquette was Project Director for AECOM and Executive Program Director with Parsons Brinkerhoff.
Karim A. Yazbek, of Hill's Dubai, UAE office, has been promoted to Vice President in charge of the Middle East sales and marketing division for Hill's Project Management Group. Yazbek has over 15 years of construction management experience. Prior to joining Hill in 2007, he worked for several companies and held an executive tenure with the Lebanese Council for Development & Reconstruction. Yazbek earned a Baccalaureat degree from the French Government, a B.Eng. in civil engineering from McGill University and an M.S. in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
"I expect that these five executives will make major contributions to the continuing success of our domestic and international operations," said David L. Richter, Hill's President and Chief Operating Officer.
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