Paul J. Varello is the former Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Construction Company (NASDAQ:STRL). Before being named CEO in February of 2015, Mr. Varello was Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. He joined the Board in January of 2014.
Prior to Sterling, Mr. Varello was Founder and Chairman of Commonwealth Engineering & Construction Company, LLC (CEC) for twelve years. The company was involved in the engineering and construction of major capital projects for the oil and gas, refining, alternative fuels, power and energy industries.
Prior to CEC, Mr. Varello served, for twelve years, as Chairman and CEO of American Ref-Fuel Company, a nationally-recognized leader in the waste-to-energy industry. The Company was a 50/50 joint venture between Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE: APCI) and Browning Ferris International (NYSE: BFI). Earlier in his career, he was employed by Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) for eighteen years including his last assignment as President of Fluor’s Process Sector. He was also a Project Manager for Dravo Corporation for eight years in their heavy construction group. His combined experience in engineering and construction totals more than 50 years.
Mr. Varello received a Civil Engineering degree from Villanova University and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in California, Texas and Louisiana and has been a Monitor Trustee for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Mr. Varello has served as a Director on two other public companies; The Ryland Group (NYSE:RYL), a national homebuilder, and Sims Metal Management (ASX:SGM), a global metals recycling company, where he also served as Non-Executive Chairman.