John-Paul Saenz

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Background & Experience

During his 22 years with Haskell, John-Paul Saenz assumed progressive roles of responsibility from Project Management to Group President before being appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) in fall 2017. As COO, John-Paul oversees enterprise-wide operations encompassing 1,300 Haskell team members, 20 US offices, international offices in Latin America and Asia, and over $1 billion in annual revenue.

John-Paul is credited with several company milestones during his tenure with Haskell. He established Haskell’s operations in the Latin America Region. He guided Haskell’s largest market, the Food and Beverage Division, to double digit growth and profitability. Most recently, before being appointed COO, he served as Group President of the Consumer and Packaged Goods Group leading successful acquisitions that globalized and transformed Haskell into one of the preeminent, fully integrated Architecture, Engineering and Construction firms in the world.

John-Paul’s project portfolio includes direct responsibility for large multinational customers such as PepsiCo, Diageo, ConAgra, Del Monte, Kraft, Bacardi, and Nestlé. In 2018, as COO of Haskell, he guided operational excellence on more than 650 projects worldwide.


John-Paul graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in construction and civil engineering. He has an MBA from the University of Florida and has completed executive education at The University of Chicago School of Business. He is a Certified General Contractor and LEED accredited professional.

Professional Affiliations

John-Paul is active in many educational, professional and civic organizations including the University of Florida MBA Advisory Board, Georgia Tech Alumni Association, Riverside Presbyterian Day School (Board Chair), Cathedral Arts Project, YPO, American Society of Civil Engineers, U.S. Green Building Council, Associated Builders and Contractors, and several other volunteer organizations. John-Paul also serves as a Board Director for PET Terra Systems (PTS).