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. Previously, he served in executive management and operations roles, including president of the company's Oil, Gas & Chemicals (OG&C) global business unit, general manager of the OG&C Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) business line, and senior project manager for the Queensland Curtis LNG project, the first of Bechtel's four LNG megaprojects in Australia.
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 in Vermont. 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 and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, both in Washington, D.C. Brendan is a member of the Business Roundtable, where he serves on the Infrastructure Committee and the Education & Workforce 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.
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