Bentley's Anne-Marie Walters Named Chairperson of ECC for 2007-2008

EXTON, Pa.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—October 2, 2007— Bentley Systems, Incorporated today announced that Anne-Marie Walters, global marketing director, Bentley Plant, has been named chairperson of the Engineering & Construction Contracting (ECC) Association for 2007-2008. Chief among her responsibilities as the new chair is to lead the 40th Annual ECC Conference (, being held Sept. 3-6, 2008, at the Westin Keirland Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The ECC, an affiliate of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), is an organization of owners, contractors, and suppliers that serves the interests of the process, refining, pharmaceutical, power, and general manufacturing industries. Its annual conference, which brings together key players from leading companies to help delegates discover better ways of improving capital project effectiveness, is the primary vehicle ECC uses to achieve its mission of promoting thought leadership for the process, industrial, and related industries.

In announcing Walters' appointment, Stephen L. Cabano, chairman of the ECC board and president and COO of Pathfinder, L.L.C., said, "I would like to personally congratulate Anne-Marie on her new chair position and to thank her for two years of dedicated service to the board. Her contributions to ECC's thought leadership programs continue to serve our mission well.

"I would also commend Anne-Marie for her tireless efforts within the ECC community at large to foster best practices that enhance productivity for all of our organizations by advancing connectivity between plant engineering information and business information. By championing this important cause, she is opening eyes and indeed making a difference."

In September of 2005, Walters became only the second woman to serve on the ECC board, which currently also includes executives from the following leading companies: BASF, BP, BE&K, ConocoPhillips, The Dow Chemical Company, ExxonMobil, Fluor Enterprises, Inc., Jacobs Engineering Group, Mustang Process and Industrial, Inc., Pathfinder L.L.C., Westney Consulting Group, Valero Energy Corporation, and WorleyParsons. With her new appointment, Walters now holds the added distinction of being the first woman to chair the ECC.

Walters, who is a chartered chemical engineer, is a founding member of the Process Industries STEP Consortium (PISTEP) committee and has also served on the boards of CIMsteel and the United Kingdom's chapter of the International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI). She is frequently a guest speaker at industry events sponsored by these and other organizations and is the author of numerous white papers on digital plant technology.

"I am honored by my appointment," said Walters, "and look forward to leading the charge for next year's conference. With the help of my fellow board members, I'm certain we can properly celebrate four decades of ECC thought leadership by holding a 40th conference that's the best ever."

About the ECC

The Engineering & Construction Contracting (ECC) Association is an affiliate of the AIChE, an organization of owners, contractors and suppliers committed to improving the outcome of capital projects and improving the global competitiveness of all members. ECC activities serve interests of a broad cross section of the process, refining, pharmaceutical, and power industries as well as general manufacturing. The organization's annual conference, now in its 39th year, brings together on average 400 to 450 key players from leading companies to help delegates discover better ways of improving capital project effectiveness.

The ECC board of directors and sponsors include executives from leading companies including ABB, Aker Kvaerner, AVEVA Group, BASF, BE&K, Bechtel, Bentley Systems, Incorporated, BP, CDI Business Solutions, CH2M HILL, Chemstress, Commonwealth Engineering and Construction, ConocoPhillips, The Dow Chemical Company, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Eastman, ENGlobal Engineering, ExxonMobil, Fluor, Inelectra, Intergraph, IPA, Jacobs, KBR, Merck & Co., Mustang, Pathfinder, L.L.C., SNC-Lavalin, Technip, Trimble Navigation, Trinity Technologies, URS Corporation, Valero Energy, Washington Group, WorleyParsons, Y&V, and Zachry Construction. For more information, visit

About Bentley

Bentley Systems, Incorporated provides software for the lifecycle of the world's infrastructure. The company's comprehensive portfolio for the building, plant, civil, and geospatial verticals spans architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) and operations. With revenues now surpassing $400 million annually, and more than 2400 colleagues globally, Bentley is the leading provider of AEC software to the Engineering News-Record Top Design Firms and major owner-operators, and was named the world's No. 2 provider of GIS/geospatial software solutions in a recent Daratech research study.

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