International Dredging Review

International Dredging Review

The Board of Directors of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp. elected Major General (Ret.) Michael J. Walsh as a board director and appointed him to the company’s compensation committee.

Walsh currently serves as vice president of Water Resources and Coastal Resiliency at Dewberry a privately held professional services firm based in Fairfax Virginia. He previously served as deputy commanding general for Civil and Emergency operations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 2011 to 2013 where he was responsible for a $10 billion annual program supervising all civil works activities nationwide. 

Walsh began his career at the Corps in 1994. He served as district commander of the San Francisco and Sacramento Districts and then moved to the Corps headquarters in Washington D.C. where he served as executive director of Civil Works and Chief of Staff. He returned to the field in 2004 serving as Commander of the South Atlantic Division 2004. From 2006 to 2007 Walsh served as Commanding General for the Gulf Region Division in Baghdad Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom and was commanding general Mississippi Valley Division and president of the Mississippi River Commission from 2008 to 2011.

Included among his notable accomplishments are delivering a $10 billion hurricane storm damage risk reduction program for the New Orleans area and convening the first Mississippi River Watershed meeting the America’s Inner Coast Summit which opened a dialog among a broad cross section of representatives from 20 states and 76 watershed partners to shape a sustainable future for the Mississippi River Watershed and establish a 200-year vision.

Walsh stated “Given my background I understand how critical it is for the United States and other maritime nations to build and maintain a robust water infrastructure. Environmental remediation both on land and in water is just as important. I am pleased to join Great Lakes’ board to contribute my perspective to these vital endeavors.”