Michael Burke is the Chief Executive Officer for AECOM, a company that deals primarily with infrastructure engineering for many cities throughout the United states as well as in other parts of the world. If you’re interested in knowing more about him, you can find ten interesting things listed below.
1. He has only been there for a few years
He hasn’t really been on the job all that long. In fact, he has been there since 2014. Granted, that isn’t even close to being new to this position, but when you consider the fact that a lot of CEOs maintain their positions for around ten years, he is still relatively new to the game.
2. Despite that fact, he has made some sweeping changes
He has been on the job long enough to make some major changes in the way AECOM does business. For the most part, he has worked to streamline the way the company handles its day to day business operations in order to save money. He has also expanded the business to include more locations around the world and he has, to a certain extent, worked to change some of the corporate culture there.
3. He’s relatively young to hold such a position
He is only 50 years old. This is not really all that old for someone in this particular position, especially when you consider the fact that many of his peers are ten or even fifteen years older than he is.
4. He made almost $17 million last year
As Chairman and CEO (PEO) at AECOM, Michael S. Burke made $16,583,747 in total compensation. Of this total $1,354,812 was received as a salary, $3,330,315 was received as a bonus, $0 was received in stock options, $11,394,682 was awarded as stock and $503,938 came from other types of compensation.
5. He served as the company’s president long before he became CEO
Dating all the way back to 2011, he was serving as the president of the company. In other words, he has been preparing for the job of CEO for quite some time now.
6. He has a passion for children who are from disadvantaged homes
One of the things he really has a passion for is children who are disadvantaged. He does a lot of charity work in the arena, all in hopes of helping them find a way out of their situation in order to fulfill their dreams and live full, meaningful lives.
7. He’s been known to support the Paralympic Games
He also does a lot for the Paralympics, something else that he has a lot of passion for. It’s just one more way that he can give back to the community and help those who are striving to help themselves.
8. He has a real soft spot for Los Angeles
He does love the city of Los Angeles, and that is where he chooses to focus many of his philanthropic and charitable efforts. Ultimately, he wants to make the city a better place for everyone who lives there and he feels like one of the best ways to accomplish that is to focus on programs that are doing good things for the people that spend their lives growing up in the area.
9. He believes the country should come together more to address current issues
One of the things he talks about a lot is that the country needs to come together more. He wants people to start focusing more on the things that we all have in common as opposed to only focusing on the differences. When it comes to those differences, he wants people to learn from them instead of automatically dismissing others because of them. He frequently points out, quite correctly, that many of the problems that currently exist in this country could be effectively alleviated if we would all just make the effort to work together. Oddly enough, he also blames capitalism for some of the divisiveness that exists with the country, stating that things would often be better if people weren’t always so worried about who stands to make the most money from everything.
10. He’s also looking to the future
He wants to make things better in the here and now but he’s also looking for ways to improve things for future generations. That’s one reason he spends so much time working with youth organizations. He believes that when you get to them young and make a positive impact, you stand a better chance of helping them good for others later on.
Written by Garrett Parker
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