Bechtel appoints 5th-generation family president

Brendan Bechtel becomes president and chief operating officer

NEWS, Business

Bechtel has announced that Brendan Bechtel is set to become the group's president and chief operating officer.

He is the son of current board chairman Riley Bechtel and is the fifth-generation of the family to become president of the 116 year-old, US-based firm.

He will report directly to the company's chief executive officer, Bill Dudley.

Dudley said: “Brendan has proven himself as an extraordinary leader, earning the respect of colleagues and customers while working in many diverse sectors of the company. His talent and knowledge of the industry make him the right person to help lead the company and ensure it remains the contractor, partner, and employer of choice for years to come.”

Bechtel has a presence on many major projects in the GCC. It has been working with the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu for nearly 40 years on the development of Jubail Industrial City and Ras Al Khair Industrial City in Saudi Arabia, as well as overseeing construction of the Hamad International Airport in Doha and Muscat International Airport in the Omani capital.

Brendan Bechtel said: "Bechtel has been at the forefront of the industry for generations and I look forward to building on that success by applying the values upon which my great-great-grandfather founded this company: do honest, quality work and treat people right."

His appointment means that the company's executive vice-president Jack Futcher has been appointed as president of Bechtel's Oil, Gas, & Chemicals business - a position he held previously.

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