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Brendan Bechtel is chief executive officer of Bechtel Group, Inc.
Before being elected to CEO, Brendan 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) 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, in addition to the board of Governors for the National Geographic Society's Education Foundation, both in Washington, DC. Brendan is also a member of the Business Roundtable and the American Society of Corporate Executives. In 2016 Fortune Magazine named Brendan #1 on their annual 40 Under 40 list.