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Our leadership team guides the future success of Hill International through their experience, vision, and dedication to our clients’ goals.

01 Raouf Ghali

Raouf S. Ghali

Chief Executive Officer

Raouf S. Ghali is Hill’s Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Mr. Ghali oversees Hill’s operations, implements short-and long-term strategic plans, and grows Hill’s businesses in current and new markets. He also acts as the main point-of-contact between Hill’s Board of Directors and the Company’s operations.

Mr. Ghali has been with Hill since 1993, serving in several leadership positions before assuming the CEO title in 2018. He served as President and COO from 2015 to 2018, President of Hill’s Project Management Group (International) from 2005 to 2015, Senior Vice President from 2001 to 2004, and Vice President from 1993 to 2001.

Over the course of his nearly 30-year career, Mr. Ghali has helped to deliver complex, high-profile building projects for clients around the world, including iconic commercial and high-rise developments, defense facilities, and theme parks in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Mr. Ghali has expertise in project cost control, financial analysis, planning and scheduling, procurement and contract administration, claims analysis, and accounting. He is also fluent in five languages.

Mr. Ghali earned a B.S. in Business Administration/Economics and an M.S. in Business Organizational Management from the University of LaVerne.

02 William H. Dengler Jr.

William H. Dengler Jr.

Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

William H. Dengler Jr. is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Hill International, Inc. He reports to the Chief Executive Officer on a broad range of legal and business issues. His responsibilities include managing the Human Resources, Insurance, Legal, Marketing, and Information Technology departments. Mr. Dengler also serves as Corporate Secretary for the company and its subsidiaries worldwide.

Mr. Dengler has been with Hill since 2001, serving in several leadership positions before assuming the EVP and CAO titles in 2018. He served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel from 2016 until 2018, Senior Vice President and General Counsel from 2007 to 2016, Vice President and General Counsel from 2002 to 2007, and Corporate Counsel from 2001 to 2002. 

Prior to joining Hill in 2001, Mr. Dengler was Assistant Counsel to former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman and former Acting Governor Donald DiFrancesco. Bill was responsible for advising the governor on policy and legal issues affecting state transportation, the environment, gaming, commissions, and public corporations. Bill also reviewed operating and capital budgets and provided direction regarding personnel decisions of the state authorities and public corporations, including labor relations and collective bargaining issues related to various public employee unions.

As Associate Attorney at Pennington & Thompson, P.C.,  Mr. Dengler handled complex, multi-party civil litigation matters, with an emphasis on the defense of professional liability claims against engineers, architects, and other design professionals and defense of product liability claims.

An Associate Attorney with Madden, Madden & DelDuca, P.A., Mr. Dengler handled insurance defense, commercial and personal injury litigation matters. He was involved in discovery, arbitration, trial and appellate processes in the state and federal courts. Mr. Dengler conducted real estate transactions, provided land use representation, and performed estate planning and administration.

thomas kahl

Thomas Kahl, P.E.

Chief Financial Officer

Thomas Kahl, PE, serves as Hill’s interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Prior to joining Hill in 2023, Mr. Kahl served as CFO for GEI Consultants, a national engineering and geotechnical consulting firm. Mr. Kahl held this role for more than 11 years, maintaining financial records, overseeing management of accounting and financial systems, evaluating merger and acquisition opportunities, and reporting on financial performance to the board and executive leadership. Mr. Kahl first joined GEI as an environmental and geotechnical engineering in 1989.

Mr. Kahl holds a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Tufts University, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, also from Tufts University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Massachusetts.