Sir James Dutton
Regional President for Africa
Sir James (Jim) Dutton is regional president, Africa, for Bechtel’s infrastructure business, responsible for the business portfolio across the continent. Prior to this role, Jim served as deputy project manager for a nuclear project and as head of government strategy coordinating Bechtel projects and initiatives in the UK.
From 2013 to 2015, Jim represented Her Majesty the Queen as Governor and Commander-in-Chief in Gibraltar, responsible for external affairs, defence, internal security, and general good governance.
In 2012, Jim served as Bechtel’s program director for the Gabon Infrastructure Program, where he was responsible for providing management and technical support to develop and implement a national infrastructure plan and establishing a new government agency—the Agence Nationale des Grands Travaux—to deliver the projects.
Following his roles at Hamad International Airport and Jubail Industrial City, Jim was named deputy project manager at the Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi and later operations manager for Infrastructure and Aviation in London.
Before joining Bechtel in 2010, Jim served 38 years in the Royal Marines, where he most recently was the Deputy Commander of the NATO-led International Security and Assistance Force in Afghanistan, assisting a U.S. four-star general in commanding security operations in the country and directing the headquarter staff effort through 19 multinational general and flag officers.
Jim has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in systems and management from the City University London. He completed the Army Command and Staff Course in Camberley and the International Security Policy course at the Royal College of Defence Studies in London.