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North Wind Names New Company President

Idaho Falls, Idaho – Christopher P. Leichtweis has been named the new president of the North Wind Group. He replaces Sylvia Medina, the founder of North Wind, who retired from the company in March.

North Wind is one of the nation’s leading small businesses providing engineering, construction and environmental services to federal and state agencies and private industry. Founded in 1997 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, North Wind has grown to a group of companies that employs more than 300 scientific, engineering, management and professional personnel. In late 2009, Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI), an Alaska Native Corporation, purchased North Wind as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

Leichtweis comes to North Wind from Knoxville, Tennessee, where he was a senior vice president and executive officer of Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. In 1991, Leichtweis founded Safety and Ecology Corporation, which was acquired by Perma-Fix in 2011. Leichtweis previously worked for Bechtel National and for Chem-Nuclear Systems, Inc. He has more than 30 years of experience in the environmental service industry and government contracting.

North Wind Group Chief Executive Officer and CIRI Vice President of Government Contracting Gregory Razo said, “We are excited to welcome Chris to North Wind and the CIRI family of companies. His experience in the industry will ensure a smooth transition as he takes the helm of North Wind. Our talented group of companies looks forward to a bright future under his leadership.”

The North Wind Group continues to be headquartered in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and operates in 20 office locations throughout the country.

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