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Fifth generation takes the helm at Bechtel

27 Apr 17 Brendan Bechtel has been elected chairman of Bechtel Group, taking over from his father Riley.

Brendan Bechtel
Brendan Bechtel

The younger Bechtel now holds the dual titles and responsibilities of chairman and CEO.

Brendan Bechtel was appointed CEO in September 2016, after serving in leadership positions at the company and managing the delivery of several of Bechtel’s megaprojects, including Queensland Curtis LNG in Australia, the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, and the Dulles Corridor Metrorail.

“I am deeply grateful to the board for electing me as chairman, and on behalf of our 50,000 colleagues as well as the four generations of my family who have held this position before me, I am committed to leading our company to the highest ethical standards and always remaining true to our core values,” Brendan said. “We live in an increasingly competitive world, and Bechtel will continue to meet the needs of our customers by continuously developing the skills of our talented colleagues and improving the diversity of our workforce. We will build on our 119-year legacy of creating long-term careers, full of purpose and positive impact, here in the United States and around the world.”

Brendan Bechtel has a bachelor of arts degree from Middlebury College and earned dual master’s degrees from Stanford University in business and construction engineering and management.

Riley Bechtel will now serve as a non-executive director.

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