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Aviation Sector Lead

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Michelle De Franca is the Aviation sector lead for Bechtel Infrastructure, responsible for developing and driving our global strategy for aviation infrastructure planning, design, construction, and project management.

Michelle joined Bechtel in 2009 on the greenfield, award-winning Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Qatar where she led the commercial management of the multi-billion-dollar Passenger Terminal Complex.

Following her work at HIA, Michelle served as commercial manager for Bechtel’s global aviation group in London, working with proposal teams to structure winning commercial strategies and assisting delivery teams with commercial issues. In 2017, she was appointed executive assistant to the president of Bechtel Infrastructure. Michelle has since held leadership roles supporting several Bechtel aviation projects and proposals in Australia, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom.

Michelle was elected by industry peers to join the Board of the British Aviation Group in 2020. In this three-year role, Michelle will provide world class expertise to meet the challenges of global airports and help to promote British companies involved in aviation with customers around the world.

Michelle has an LL.B. (Honors) in law and a Bachelor of Commerce in economics and law from Pretoria University in South Africa.

About Bechtel

Bechtel is a trusted engineering, construction and project management partner to industry and government. Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customers’ objectives to create a lasting positive impact. Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world's infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place.  

Bechtel serves the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations. www.bechtel.com

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