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October 9, 2020

140-year-old Old Town company names new president, its 8th ever

The James W. Sewall Co., an Old Town engineering and consulting firm established in 1880, has named Charles Nadeau as president, succeeding George N. Campbell Jr. 

Courtesy / James W. Sewall Co.
Charles Nadeau has been named the eighth president of Old Town-based James W. Sewall Co.

Nadeau, previously chief operating officer and chief financial officer for the company, is the eighth president in the company’s 140-year history.

He will direct leadership of Sewall in partnership with CEO Andrew Nelson, and will oversee accounting, human resources and other functions, according to a news release Thursday.

Campbell will continue as a Sewall board member and chairman of Sewall’s parent company, Yarmouth-based Treadwell Franklin Infrastructure Capital. His primary responsibilities will center on business development and strengthening of business alliances for Sewall and TFIC.

Nadeau said in the release, “I am excited to work with our industry-leading team to continue the great work Sewall has been doing under George’s leadership. Our efforts will continue to be client- and solutions-focused, with emphasis on advancing Sewall as among the premier employers within Maine and beyond.”

In his previous role, Nadeau and his team implemented a new enterprise resource planning system to manage projects, accounting and human resources at Sewall, among other duties.

Campbell said, “Chuck and I have teamed on major financial decisions and more during TFIC’s ownership of Sewall for the past two years. His presidency is a natural evolution of this collaboration. He understands the legacy of this iconic Maine company and how to grow it and adapt it to changes in the world around us.”

Sewall is a multidisciplinary consulting firm providing services to government, energy and utilities, and the forest industry. The company has a staff of 50, including professional engineers, surveyors, natural resource consultants, and geospatial and information consultants and technologists. In addition to its Old Town headquarters, Sewall operates offices in Caribou and in Georgia, Minnesota and South Carolina. TFIC acquired the firm in 2018.

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