New Orleans firm Barriere Construction announces leadership changes

New Orleans-based Barriere Construction Co. announced a leadership succession plan and the transition of several of its employees to new management roles within the 67-year-old highway and heavy civil construction firm.

President and Chief Executive Officer George Wilson Jr. has become chairman of Barriere’s board of directors. He is succeeded as president and CEO by Peter Wilson, who most recently served as president of north shore asphalt and materials operations.

Bertrand Wilson has become president of asphalt and materials operations, overseeing the north shore, south shore and Baton Rouge asphalt plants, as well as all mining operations.

In addition, James “Jim” Breland Jr. and Matthew Woods have been named company vice presidents and members of Barriere’s senior executive committee.

Breland is in charge of the company’s asphalt operations in the greater New Orleans and north shore areas. Woods now leads Barriere’s heavy civil and industrial construction operations.

Brian Cooney will retire March 31. Cooney joined Barriere in 1988 and has served in various leadership positions, including chief financial officer and executive vice president of finance and administration.

Cooney’s primary responsibilities will be divided among three company leaders: Heath Wahden, the CFO; Chris Williams, the director of administration and employee development; and Paul Albrecht, the safety director.

Wahden and Williams also were appointed to Barriere’s senior executive committee.

Founded in 1949, Barriere is a fourth-generation family-owned industrial, highway and civil construction, asphalt and concrete paving company.

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