Chairman of the Board Dr. Ernest A. Portfors leads the Board of Directors and serves as the liaison between the Board and the management team in driving the corporation’s long-range strategy and performance. He has served on the Louis Berger board since 2008 and served as Chairman of affiliate Klohn Crippen Berger from 2006 to 2011. He previously held leadership positions within Klohn Crippen Berger as president and chief executive officer, senior vice president of engineering and vice president for the Pacific region. During his tenure as Klohn Crippen Berger Chairman, Dr. Portfors led the firm to be named one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies. He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and has more than 45 years of experience in technical reviews, project management and designs for major water resources, hydroelectric, mining and transportation projects worldwide.
Board of Directors
Ernest A. Portfors, Ph.D., P.Eng. | Chairman
Jim Stamatis, PE
In his current role as chief executive officer of Louis Berger, Jim Stamatis is responsible for the company's growth and strategic direction. He most recently served as president of Louis Berger International, and prior to that led the company's U.S. operation. Stamatis joined the firm more than 25 years ago and has held a number of leadership roles, helping to develop and expand the firm’s U.S. practice and serving in succeeding roles of responsibility from project manager to client manager to principal-in-charge for a range of complex infrastructure, facilities and environmental projects. Stamatis attended Pennsylvania State University and completed his undergraduate studies at NJIT. He is a licensed professional engineer and is active in several industry associations.
Nicholas J. Masucci
Nicholas J. Masucci is a member of the Louis Berger board of directors. He served as the previous president and CEO of Louis Berger, where he was responsible for overseeing the company’s long-range vision and strategic programs. Masucci began his career with Louis Berger pioneering the development of analytical techniques to assess the impacts of major public works construction projects, including several early New Jersey Turnpike widening programs and the Peacekeeper (MX) Missile program. Masucci also established VMS, Inc., a Virginia-based firm providing infrastructure maintenance management services, before returning to Louis Berger as its CEO. He holds a bachelor’s in political science from George Washington University and a master’s in urban planning from Rutgers University.
David Abrams is a member of the Louis Berger board of directors. Abrams has been managing the Abrams Capital Funds since 1999. Prior to managing the Abrams Capital Funds, from 1988 to 1998, he was a senior investment professional with The Baupost Group of Boston, Massachusetts. Abrams also serves as a director of iHeartMedia, Inc. (IHRT - OTC) and several private companies. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Ford M. Fraker
Former Ambassador Ford M. Fraker is a member of the Louis Berger board of directors, and previously served as the U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 2007 to 2009. He has more than 35 years of experience in banking, finance and investments in the Middle East. During the 12 years he spent with Saudi International bank (a JP Morgan affiliate) he managed the general banking, credit and client development units and served on the bank’s managing committee. Prior to joining the board Fraker held several senior and advisory positions in consultancy firms, and currently serves on boards for the Royal Bank of Scotland, the International College in Beirut, Perkins School for the Blind and the Middle East Policy Council. Fraker graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University.
Martha Clark Goss
Martha Clark Goss is a member of the Louis Berger board of directors. She has more than 40 years of executive experience and 25 years of corporate board experience in financial services, engineering and construction, professional services and retail, including five NYSE-listed companies. She currently serves on the boards of American Water, Neuberger Berman Mutual Funds and Allianz Life of New York. Previously, she held senior level positions in credit, investment and financial management at the Chase Manhattan Bank, Prudential Insurance and Booz-Allen & Hamilton. Goss holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and received her bachelor's degree from Brown University. In 1996 she was selected as a co-honoree with Lady Margaret Thatcher for the University's Independent Man Award.
Lawrie Haynes, JD
Lawrie Haynes is a member of the Louis Berger board of directors. He brings more than 25 years of experience serving as a chief executive in both private and public sectors. He recently retired after serving for seven years as the president of the Land & Sea Division of Rolls-Royce, an approximately £5 billion, 21,000-employee business comprised of power, marine and nuclear power systems. Previous positions include CEO of White Young Green; head of BNFL plc (British Nuclear Group) – a business with a £2.1 billion turnover and 15,000 staff; and founder and chairman of BNG Project Services Ltd. He served as the first CEO of the U.K. Highways Agency, which consolidated four government departments. He also served as the managing director for Microtel, responsible for structuring the venture for sale to Orange in 1994. Haynes holds a Juris Doctor degree from Heriot Watt University.
Donald Platner, CFA
Donald Platner is a member of the Louis Berger board of directors. He is an investment professional at Abrams Capital, which he joined in 2013. Prior to joining Abrams, Platner was a vice president at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he spent over seven years in the Americas Special Situations Group. At Goldman Sachs, he was responsible for investments in both the public and private markets, primarily in the energy and industrials sectors. Platner graduated summa cum laude from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He is a CFA® charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute.