Male, born 1965

Associated with the firms network

AECOM; AECOM Technology Corporation

Professional History


Various capacities, KPMG, 1990-1995.

Partner, KPMG, Los Angeles, CA, 1995-2005.

Chief Financial Officer, AECOM Technologies Corporation, Los Angeles, CA, 2006-2011. As per Burke's page, "Mr. Burke has served as a key AECOM leader since he joined the company in 2005 and has been instrumental in the evolution of AECOM from a private company to a public firm whose staff of architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction professionals serve clients virtually anywhere in the world. Mr. Burke directed the company’s initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), which was one of the 10 largest NYSE listings for 2007, and one of the largest engineering industry IPOs of all time." (See, "Michael S. Burke," accessed 01/02/2020.)

President, AECOM Technologies Corporation, Los Angeles, CA, 2011-2014.

Chairman of the Board/Chief Executive Officer, AECOM Technologies Corporation, Los Angeles, CA, 2014-2015.

Chairman of the Board/Chief Executive Officer, AECOM, Los Angeles, CA, 2015-2020. Burke announced his retirement from AECOM at age 54, a firm he had been with since 2005. Burke's departure coincided with retirements and additions to AECOM's Board of Directors. The construction business web site Construction said in 11/2019: "The company also announced today a governance agreement with shareholder Starboard Value LP that provides for the appointment of three new independent directors recommended by Starboard, including Starboard Managing Member, Peter A. Feld, to the AECOM board of directors." in the recent past, Starboard, a New York, NY-based hedge fund which owned 3.5% of AECOM stock, had made suggestions about portions of the business that it felt should be sold to improve stockholder equity. Burke chose not to follow all of Starboard's recommendations. Construction reported: "Starboard called on the board of directors to consider selling its Construction Services unit, according to a letter Feld penned to Burke. It said that AECOM's Construction Services unit has experienced earnings volatility that subjected it to the risks of cost overruns and schedule delays. The company responded by saying that it values shareholder input and would review Starboard's letter, but did not put the Construction Services unit up for sale." While it did not sell the Construction Services group, it did find a buyer for its Management Services unit, obtaining $2.4 billion for it. (See Jenn Goodman, Construction, "AECOM's Michael Burke to leave, opening door for new CEO and new chairman," published 11/22/2019, accessed 01/02/2020.) During this AECOM board realignment in 11/2019, three new directors were added, presumably more favorably inclined to Starboard's views, and three current directors were removed.

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Member, California Bar Association.

Member, Business Roundtable, Board of Directors, Washington, DC, 2018.

Chair, Business Roundtable, Board of Directors, Infrastructure Committee, Washington, DC, 2018.

Co-Chair, World Economic Forum, Infrastructure and Urban Development Industries, Steering Committee, Cologny, Switzerland, c. 2019.

Member, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Company, Chicago, IL, c. 2019.



B.S., Accounting, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA.

J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, CA.


Biographical Notes

Member, Children’s Bureau, Board of Directors, Los Angeles, CA, c. 2019.

Member, LA 2028, Los Angeles, CA, c. 2015-2017. (This group lobbied for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in Los Angeles. The International Olympic Committee [IOC] awarded Los Angeles the games on 09/13/2017.)

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