Bechtel Corp. names new president, COO
President and COO Jack Futcher to retire; Craig Albert to replace him Sept. 8
Reston-based construction company Bechtel Corp. announced Thursday that Craig Albert has been promoted to president and chief operating officer, effective Sept. 8. Albert will succeed Jack Futcher, who will retire at the end of the year after a 40-year career but continue to serve as a director on the company’s board.
“Jack’s relentless commitment to our customers and excellence in project execution has helped Bechtel reach new heights delivering critical projects for governments and industries worldwide,” Bechtel Chairman and CEO Brendan Bechtel said in a statement.
In his new role, Albert will oversee the company’s four global business units as well as business strategy and development, diversity and inclusion, regions and corporate affairs. Based in Reston, he also will chair Bechtel’s operating committee and report to Brendan Bechtel.
“Craig is ideally suited to lead our operations in an era when customers are looking to us for partnership, innovation and sustainable solutions to help meet the defining challenges of the 21st century,” Brendan Bechtel said in a statement. “With his strong track record as president of two of our global business units, Craig has proven himself as a visionary and customer-focused leader.”
Albert joined the company in 1998 as a senior member of the business development team and moved up the ranks, eventually overseeing the merger of Bechtel’s commercial nuclear power business with its defense and national security unit. He was named president of the infrastructure business unit in 2016. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
Shaun Kenny will succeed Albert as president of the infrastructure business unit and be based in London, the company also announced Thursday. He was named as a senior vice president in 2012 and earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Liverpool Polytechnic University.
Founded in 1898, Bechtel provides engineering, construction and project management services. The company has completed projects in more than 160 countries.