George Pierson says he has re-structured Kleinfelder to give divisions more autonomy, which he describes as “authority, responsibility and accountability.”

George Pierson says he has re-structured Kleinfelder to give divisions more autonomy, which he describes as “authority, responsibility and accountability.” Photo by Melissa Jacobs.

KLEINFELDER

Founded: 1961

Headquarters: Downtown San Diego

CEO: George Pierson

No. of local employees: About 240

Revenue: $367 million in fiscal year 2017, ended April 1; $352 million in fiscal 2016

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