Earl C. “Duke” Austin, Jr., is president and chief executive officer of Quanta Services. Austin is a recognized leader driving the operations and strategy of the largest solutions provider in North America, enabling a carbon-neutral future while serving electric power, industrial, and communications utility customers.
Quanta Services is a Fortune 300 company with more than $17 Billion in revenue and 60,000 plus employees worldwide. Austin has played a fundamental role in Quanta’s significant growth in its key markets, including the strategic development of the company’s capabilities in assessment, planning, engineering and design, procurement, construction, commissioning, testing, operations, and management of critical infrastructure systems.
Austin served as chief operating officer and president of Quanta’s Electric Power and Natural Gas and Pipeline Divisions before assuming the chief executive officer role. Austin initially joined the Quanta executive team in 2009 to lead the company’s expanding pipeline operations.
Before joining Quanta Services, Austin served as president of North Houston Pole Line, LP, a Quanta operating company. He was instrumental in the strategic growth of the Texas-based company, which delivers a full range of electric power, gas and telecommunication utility infrastructure services to customers throughout the region.
Austin serves on the CEO Roundtable, the board of the Southwest Line Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, as well as the Junior Achievement board of Southeast Texas (JASET). He also serves as Chairman of the Texas State University System Board of Regents.
Austin is a graduate of Sam Houston State University, where he received his B.S. in Business Management/Accounting. In 2016, Austin received the Sam Houston State University Distinguished Alumni Award. Austin resides in Houston with his wife, three sons, and one daughter.