Peter Dawson, Chief Financial Officer
Peter Dawson is chief financial officer (CFO) of Bechtel Group, Inc., responsible for leading the Finance organization, which includes the Controller, Treasury, and Tax functions. He also serves as executive sponsor of Bechtel Enterprises (Bechtel’s project financing and development arm), Corporate Affairs, BBS, IS&T, and Security. He is based in San Francisco, California.
Previously, Peter was president of Bechtel’s Civil Infrastructure business, responsible for a worldwide portfolio of rail, infrastructure, and aviation projects. From 2002 to 2012, he served as CFO of Bechtel Group, Inc., became a senior vice president in 2002, and was elected to the board of directors in 2003.
Peter joined Bechtel in 1978 in London, and he advanced rapidly through a wide range of commercial and financial leadership roles with both corporate and operational responsibilities. From 1990 to 1998, he was based at Bechtel’s corporate headquarters in San Francisco, where he formed and ran the corporate Strategic Marketing and Analysis group, reporting to the president and chief operating officer.
In 1998, Peter went on to serve in various management capacities in London for Bechtel’s Europe, Africa, Middle East, Southwest Asia regional organization. In 2000, he became general manager of the region’s telecommunications and industrial businesses.
Prior to becoming CFO in September 2002, Peter served in Frederick, Maryland, as a senior vice president of Bechtel Corporation and executive vice president of the Telecommunications & Industrial global business unit. In that position, he managed the unit’s operations in Asia and Bechtel’s Europe, Africa, Middle East, Southwest Asia region. He also oversaw strategy development for the business and its technology operations.
Peter holds a bachelor's and master's degree in natural sciences from St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge University, England.