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Brendan Peters Bechtel (born 1981) is the chairman and CEO of the Bechtel Group, Inc.,[1] a privately owned engineering, construction, and project management firm.[2] 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.[3][4]

He is the great-great grandson of the founder of Bechtel, Warren A. Bechtel.[1] 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.[3]

In 2003, he graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in geography, and then worked for the nonprofit Conservation Fund.[5] He then began post-graduate studies, earning an MBA and a master's degree in construction engineering and construction management from Stanford University.[3][4]

He is an advocate for increased use of public–private partnerships to rebuild America's deteriorating infrastructure.[6] He is also a strong supporter of nuclear power who believes that it is the only long term alternative to fossil fuels.[3]

In 2017, he was inducted into the exclusive Alfalfa Club in Washington, DC.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Brendan Bechtel, Chief Executive Officer". Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Who We Are". Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Tully, Shawn (June 1, 2016). "One of the Largest Private Companies in the U.S. Just Named a 35-Year-old CEO". Fortune. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Brendan becomes fifth generation Bechtel to take company chair". Global Construction Review. 28 April 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  5. ^ Tully, Shawn. "Meet the private company that is changing the face of the world: A rare inside look at family-controlled global construction giant Bechtel". Fortune. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  6. ^ Bechtel, Brendan (November 27, 2015). "Emergency, emergency, this is America's infrastructure calling". USA Today. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  7. ^ Andrews-Dyer, Helena (January 29, 2017). "A political truce is called at the 104th annual Alfalfa Club dinner". Washington Post. Retrieved April 20, 2017.