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Bechtel National Announces Management Changes At Its Doe Job Sites In Washington And Nevada

November 22, 1999 Bechtel National, Inc. today announced new responsibilities for the senior managers who head up its operations at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sites at Hanford in southeastern Washington and near Las Vegas, Nevada.Summing up the changes, Bechtel National President Thomas F. Hash said that:
 
  • Current Bechtel Nevada President and General Manager John T. Mitchell will assume new responsibilities for developing additional opportunities for Bechtel National with the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies. 
  • Bechtel Hanford President Steven D. Liedle will take over as head of Bechtel Nevada and will manage that company's activities at the Nevada Test Site. 
  • Michael C. Hughes, currently Bechtel Hanford's vice president and manager of operations, will become that company's new president. 
  • Thomas E. Logan, Bechtel Hanford's manager of decommissioning projects, will assume Hughes' former position.

All appointments will be effective January 10, 2000.
As the environmental restoration contractor for DOE at the Hanford Site, Bechtel is charged with planning, managing, integrating, and executing a full range of activities to clean up inactive nuclear facilities, contaminated soils, and groundwater there. In Nevada, Bechtel manages and operates DOE's Nevada Test Site, located 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas. All told, Bechtel is involved in a wide range of responsibilities at 10 different Department of Energy sites across the U.S.

"The ease with which these changes are being made is a good indication of how our company has developed a depth of talent that allows it to support growth, while at the same time preserving excellence in our everyday operations," Hash said.

Mitchell joined Bechtel as a senior project manager in 1994, following a 30-year career with the U.S. Navy. He retired from the Navy as a rear admiral and assumed his present position with Bechtel Nevada in 1996. Mitchell, 57, holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Rice University and a master's degree in physics from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Liedle, who has served as Bechtel Hanford's president since 1997, was previously the company's vice president of operations. Since joining Bechtel in 1982, he has directed several environmental management projects throughout the U.S. Liedle, 44, holds a doctorate in environmental science and engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles, and has both a master's degree in oceanography and limnology and a bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of Wisconsin.

Hughes has worked at the Hanford Site since 1983. A veteran of 17 years of experience in nuclear facility decommissioning, environmental cleanup, project management, operations, and field engineering, he joined Bechtel in 1994. Hughes, 47, holds master's and bachelor's degrees in planning and education from North Dakota State University.

Logan, a 28-year Bechtel veteran, has led several major projects for the company and has been at the Hanford site since 1994. He has held the post of manager of decommissioning projects since 1997. Logan is 58.
Bechtel National, the high-technology contracting arm of Bechtel Group, Inc., specializes in providing premier management and technical services to a broad cross section of government customers, including DOE and the Department of Defense, in the areas of the nuclear fuel cycle, defense, space, national security, and the environment.

Currently, Bechtel National and its subsidiaries have more than 13,000 personnel working on more than 75 projects in 36 states and 11 countries that generate $2.3 billion in revenue annually.

Bechtel Quotes

Bechtel National President Thomas F. Hash comments on those involved in the changes:

John T. Mitchell: "John has done a superb job during his three-year tenure with Bechtel Nevada. Our performance there, as judged by our customer, has been consistently improving. Because of John's leadership, such initiatives as the labor alliance agreement were implemented, safety awareness at the Nevada Test Site is at an all-time high, we have maintained a generally disciplined operation on the project, and Bechtel's relationship with our customer is as good as it has ever been. I would point out that Bechtel's current contract at NTS, which was scheduled to expire December 31, 2000, was recently extended to September 30, 2005. John will undoubtedly be a big help to us in his new post, as he helps us evaluate where and how we might expand our footprint in the Department of Defense market."

Steven D. Liedle: "Steve has successfully advanced our Hanford organization while establishing a tradition of excellence in customer relations that will undoubtedly carry over to his new responsibilities in Nevada. He is exceptionally good at team building, which is one of the essential components of success on any project."

Michael C. Hughes: "Mike has successfully moved through positions of increasing responsibility at Bechtel while establishing himself as both a team builder and consensus builder. Through it all, he has maintained an excellent relationship with our client. It's a delight to have him now leading the operation."

Thomas E. Logan: "Tom is a first-rate, seasoned project manager. He knows the Bechtel organization very well and doesn't hesitate to call on the resources we can offer. He challenges himself to give his best and helps others to excel. He and Mike will make a very effective leadership team."