Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Brendan Bechtel is chairman and chief executive officer of Bechtel Group, Inc. (“Bechtel”), which this year celebrates its 120th anniversary.
Prior to being elected chairman in April 2017, Brendan was named Bechtel’s chief executive officer in September 2016. He was Bechtel’s president and chief operating officer from 2014–2016.
Brendan first began working for the company during summer breaks in high school. After joining the company full time, he took on roles of increasing responsibility in field construction, project management, and executive leadership. Brendan is the 5th generation of the Bechtel family to lead the company.
Brendan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in geography from Middlebury College. He also earned dual master’s degrees at Stanford University in business, and construction engineering and management.
Brendan currently serves on the board of trustees for the National Geographic Society, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. Brendan is a member of the Business Roundtable, where he serves on the Infrastructure Committee and the Energy & Environment Committee. He is also a member of the American Society of Corporate Executives and the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2016, Fortune Magazine named Brendan #1 on their annual “40 Under 40” list.
In addition to building strong relationships through industry-leading performance for Bechtel’s customers, Brendan is passionate about talent, innovation, improving productivity in the EPC sector, sustainability, and addressing future global infrastructure challenges.