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Industry mourns leaders taken in Croatian crash

Industry mourns leaders taken in Croatian crash

The global electric power community suffered a loss when six industry executives were killed in the April plane crash near Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Robert Donovan, Asea Brown Boveri AG?s top US-based executive, was one of the 33 passengers and crew on the Boeing 737. Donovan was the electrical engineering group?s executive vice president for the Americas and head of ABB Inc. in the US. Donovan was on the trip to examine ways to help rebuild power systems in Bosnia.

Frank Maier, Enserch International Ltd. president, was traveling to Croatia to secure plans to develop a power plant in that country. He had been with Enserch since 1993 and took the title of president in early 1996.

Leonard J. Pieroni, Parsons Corp. chairman and CEO, had been with the company since 1972. Pieroni joined the other business leaders to bring his firm?s expertise in replacing and reconstructing damaged infrastructure to the mission.

John A. Scoville, Harza Engineering Co. chairman, was on board to explore opportunities to restore civil works in the area. Scoville oversaw all business operations of the $100 million international engineering and environmental consulting firm and had a reputation for innovative problem solving.

P. Stuart Tholan, president of Bechtel Europe, Africa, Middle East, Southwest Asia, was based in London, and was on the mission to Bosnia and Croatia to see whether Bechtel would be able to help reconstruct the war-damaged infrastructure in the area. He had been with Bechtel for 33 years.

Robert A. Whittaker, chairman and CEO of Foster Wheeler Energy International Inc. and a vice president of Foster Wheeler Corp., was traveling with the other executives on a trade and economic mission to the Balkans. Whittaker had been with Foster Wheeler since 1992

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