Bechtel Group, Inc. announced in July that Craig Albert, a 1985 Mechanical Engineering graduate of The William States Lee College of Engineering, will be the company’s new president and chief operating officer. Albert has led Bechtel Group’s Infrastructure business unit since 2016.
An active alumnus of the Lee College of Engineering, Craig and his wife Darla Albert established the Albert Engineering Leadership Scholars Program at UNC Charlotte in 2014. The merit-based scholarship program is designed to develop future engineering leaders. The program emphasizes applied learning, campus involvement and professional development.
In his new role with Bechtel Group, Inc., Albert will be responsible for overseeing the company’s four global business units, as well as the EPC Functions, Strategy & Business Development, Diversity & Inclusion, and Regions & Corporate Affairs organizations. He will also chair Bechtel’s Operating Committee. Albert will be based at the company’s headquarters in Reston, Virginia.
“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,” said Bechtel Chairman and CEO Brendan Bechtel. “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, adept at aligning Bechtel’s unique capabilities to help customers achieve their most ambitious goals.”
Albert joined Bechtel in 1998 as a senior member of Bechtel’s business development team. He went on to management roles at major power, waste treatment, and LNG projects in the U.S. and Australia. In 2011, he oversaw the merger of Bechtel’s commercial nuclear power business with its defense and national security unit to form a new Nuclear, Security, and Environmental (NS&E) business unit, which he led as president.
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