January 12, 2011, Willow Grove, PA –- The board of the Asplundh Tree Expert Co., the nation's largest utility vegetation management company, has elected Scott M. Asplundh to the position of chief executive officer and George E. Graham, Jr. to the rank of president. With a combination of more than 60 years of experience in field operations and in Asplundh's corporate management, they represent the highest level of leadership within the third-generation family members who manage various parts of this international corporation.
“The experience these men bring is unequalled in the industry,” says former CEO Christopher B. Asplundh who will remain as the chairman of the board while this family-owned corporation moves through the succession process. Founded in 1928 and headquartered in the Philadelphia area, the Asplundh Tree Expert Co. primarily serves the electric utility industry. The corporation and its subsidiaries employ over 28,000 men and women throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Scott Asplundh, who had served as company president since 2001, has worked throughout the company for over 30 years and earned an MBA from Pennsylvania State University. George Graham also earned a business degree from Pennsylvania State University and has almost 30 years of industry experience, including the past six years as president of UtiliCon Solutions, Ltd. (a holding company for Asplundh's non-vegetation management subsidiaries). He will now be president of both Asplundh and UtiliCon. Day-to-day operations of UtiliCon will be managed by Senior Vice President Greg Holman, a 22-year veteran of the utility industry.
The Asplundh Tree Expert Co. (www.asplundh.com) is a full-service contractor performing routine or emergency tree pruning and removals, right-of-way clearing and maintenance with specialized equipment, and vegetation management with herbicides. These services are primarily marketed to electric utilities, but Asplundh also contracts with municipalities, departments of transportation, railroads, pipelines and telecommunications companies. UtiliCon Solutions, Ltd., a sister company, offers a streamlined way to access a broad range of utility infrastructure services including the design, construction, testing and maintenance of transmission and distribution networks, AMI/AMR services, meter reading, lighting maintenance, pole inspection and reinforcement, one call center software and management, and disaster recovery assistance.
Contact: Kristin Wild, Corporate Communications
Phone: 1-800-248-8733, ext. 4427