C David Welch
C David Welch, the man now responsible for overseeing Bechtel’s Middle East operations, was already a well-known figure in the region, and veteran of 30 years in US diplomacy, before taking up his post with Bechtel in 2008.
He has since presided over a period of remarkable growth for the firm in which it has risen to become the Middle East’s top-ranked contractor by revenue, besting the Consolidated Contractors Company in the Engineering News Record’s 2012 listing, and jumping from fifth place for the previous year.
“We’re looking at opportunities here in the transportation sector,” said Welch. “The three most dramatic developments in the last 15-20 years in this region have been the development of ports and industrial zones, the complete transformation of the air traffic market, and now railroads.”
His company has been active in the Middle East for more than 70 years.