Brendan Peters Bechtel (born 1981) is the chairman and CEO of the Bechtel Group, Inc., a privately owned engineering, construction, and project management firm. It is the largest construction company in the United States, and operates worldwide. He became CEO in 2016 and chairman & CEO in 2017. He succeeded Bill Dudley as CEO and Riley P. Bechtel as chairman.
He is the great-great grandson of the founder of Bechtel, Warren A. Bechtel. and is the 5th generation of the Bechtel family to lead the company. He is the son of Riley P. Bechtel, who stepped down as CEO in 2014, after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
In 2003, he graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in geography, and then worked for the nonprofit Conservation Fund. He then began post-graduate studies, earning an MBA and a master's degree in construction engineering and construction management from Stanford University.
He is an advocate for increased use of public–private partnerships to rebuild America's deteriorating infrastructure. He is also a strong supporter of nuclear power who believes that it is the only long term alternative to fossil fuels.
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