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Corporate Leadership
Kurt Bergman, Chief Executive Officer

​​Kurt C. Bergman is the Chief Executive Officer of Michael Baker International.  Mr. Bergman’s previous experience in executive leadership includes his role as President of Integrated Mission Solutions, LLC and Chief Executive Officer of KS International, LLC, where he led the successful integration of three separate businesses and achieved double-digit organic revenue growth in three years.  Prior to joining KSI, Mr. Bergman led the International Contingency Operations Practice at URS Corporation, encompassing all operational capabilities from front end engineering services, environmental response and remediation through professional technical services and construction. Prior to URS, Mr. Bergman led IT and knowledge management solutions and services at MacAulay-Brown, Inc. in support of the United States Air Force (USAF) Overseas Engineering Operations. Previously, Mr. Bergman led similar efforts with TRW/Northrop Grumman.  Mr. Bergman’s prior experience includes leading large scale projects, programs, operations, and business development efforts with each service branch of the Department of Defense and numerous Bureaus within the Department of State.  Before embarking on a career in the private sector, Mr. Bergman was a Civil Engineering Officer with the USAF.  Mr. Bergman holds a B.A. and M.S. in Architecture from Tulane University.

Jeff Hill, Chief Operating Officer, Continental United States

Jeffrey S. Hill is the Chief Operating Officer of Michael Baker International. His leadership responsibilities encompass all Divisions of the company.   He has served as a member of the Operations Committee of Baker since December 2012, managing the day-to-day operations of the company.  Since joining Michael Baker Jr., Inc. in 1989, Mr. Hill has held various positions, including Senior Vice President and Practice Leader for Baker’s Federal, Civil, and Environmental business segments.  In this role, Mr. Hill led the Defense, Federal Civilian Agencies, State & Municipal, Oil & Gas, and Commercial/Industrial Markets as well as the Architecture, Planning & Building Engineering (AEP), Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE), Geospatial Information Technology (GIT), and Pipeline Engineering Practices. Operating in a matrix organization, Mr. Hill led the Federal Team, which is comprised of over 900 professionals performing a full range of studies, planning, design, and construction management services across numerous end markets. Mr. Hill has over 25 years of experience as an operations and project manager managing business operations, market development, project delivery and client satisfaction for Baker’s Environmental and Construction Management Services to Federal Clients.  Prior to these roles, Mr. Hill served as the Program Principal for Baker’s on-going contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Middle East District.  In this position he led Baker engineers performing work throughout the Middle East, Southwest Asia, and Africa.  He also served as Baker’s Board of Directors Representative to the Stanley, Baker, Hill, LLC partnership supporting the U.S. Government Infrastructure Reconstruction Program in Iraq.  Mr. Hill holds a B.S. in Environmental Health from East Carolina University.

Nicholas Gross, Chief Operating Officer, International Operations

Nicholas P. Gross is Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for International Operations of Michael Baker International. Mr. Gross’s management responsibilities encompass all facets of the organization with the primary responsibility of providing operational leadership for over 4,000 international employees supporting operations that have spanned over 150 countries and six continents.  Mr. Gross brings over 15 years of experience in international management, strategic development, and project execution.  Mr. Gross served as the Chief Operating Officer at KS International since 2011 successfully leading the integration of operations of three separate companies, improving performance and bottom line profitability.  Since joining our organization in 2005, Mr. Gross has also served as the Executive Vice President for Engineering and Professional Services and the Executive Vice President for Defense Programs.  Previous to joining KSI, Mr. Gross was responsible for strategic planning for contingency emergency services for KBR, Inc. in the Middle East. Prior to that time, Mr. Gross worked in a variety of international management positions with DynCorp, KBR, and Northrop Grumman. Mr. Gross holds a B.S. in Business Administration (summa cum laude) from Troy University.

James McKnight, JD, Chief Legal Officer

​​H. James McKnight, J.D., is Chief Legal Officer of Michael Baker International. He has served as executive vice president, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Baker since June 2000. He has been employed by Baker since 1995, serving in prior roles as Senior Vice President and Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Prior to joining Baker, Mr. McKnight served as Corporate Counsel of International Technology Corporation; Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Vectura Group, Inc.; and Group General Counsel of Dravo Corporation. Mr. McKnight holds a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University, a J.D. from Duquesne University and a M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business. His professional affiliations include membership in the American, Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations and the American Corporate Counsel Association.