Former Sewall CEO James H. Page, PhD, assumes role of UMaine System Chancellor
(Old Town, Maine—15 March 2012). James W. Sewall Company, an international professional consulting organization specializing in energy, infrastructure and natural resources, announces today the appointment of David T. Edson, LPF, as President/CEO. He replaces former CEO Dr. James H. Page, who is leaving Sewall to become Chancellor of the University of Maine System.
Mr. Edson has dedicated his professional career to Sewall in leadership roles as President, Executive Vice-President, Chief of Operations, and Vice President of Forestry and Natural Resources. A licensed professional forester, Mr. Edson joined Sewall in 1974 as Forest Technician. As a Senior Analyst, he supervised remote image acquisition, forest inventory and resource analysis for over 25 million acres of forestland in North America. Named Vice President of Forestry and Natural Resources in 1983, he was instrumental in designing and implementing Sewall’s first geographic information system (GIS) for forestland ownership, use and covertype. In 2001, Mr. Edson partnered with Dr. Page, then Sewall’s Executive Vice President, to acquire Sewall, in the process transforming the firm from family to management ownership. During the next decade, Dr. Page as CEO and Mr. Edson as Executive Vice President, and later President, diversified Sewall’s services in engineering, GIS, and forestry consulting to include offerings in web-based enterprise GIS, renewable energy and environmental sciences. They also expanded the firm’s geographic reach to four continents, providing a broad range of strategic services to regional, national and international clients.
According to Dr. Page, “Dave is an instinctive leader who has driven Sewall’s strategic initiatives and operations with a hands-on, collaborative management style. Over the years, he has developed a deep understanding of our clients, their market drivers and evolving needs.
As a result, he brings to the role of CEO a unique combination of vision, client focus, and commitment to Sewall and to Sewall’s future.”
Mr. Edson welcomes the challenge of his new position: “We have built a team of talented professionals who can identify root problems and work with our clients to resolve them. We strive to best in class in serving our clients.”
A native of Vermont, Mr. Edson has a BA in American history from Harvard University (1970) and an MS in forestry from the University of Maine (1983). He and his wife Susan have two grown daughters and live in Veazie, Maine.
Founded in 1880, Sewall is an international professional consulting organization specializing in energy, infrastructure and natural resources. The company’s diverse portfolio is based on 132 years’ experience in surveying, forest appraisal and civil engineering; 60 years’ in aerial mapping; and 30 years’ in GIS and application development. To obtain more information, please visit www.sewall.com