David M. Walker
David Walker is a senior vice president of Bechtel Group, Inc.,
a global engineering, construction and management company
of more than 40,000 employees. David’s 39 year career with Bechtel has included leadership positions across the United States and internationally.
David is currently president of Bechtel National, Inc., a multibillion-dollar company that contributes about twenty percent of Bechtel Group’s annual revenue from large, complex government services projects. Since 2005, David has led Bechtel National in winning and executing projects and managing the operation of U.S. government facilities in the areas of defense, space, energy, national security, and the environment. Today Bechtel National has a position of industry leadership in managing four major national laboratories – Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, and Bettis and Knolls Atomic Power Laboratories in Pennsylvania and New York, and projects that include Department of Energy nuclear and environmental remediation and cleanup. His portfolio also includes chemical demilitarization projects in the United States and threat reduction work in the former Soviet Union countries.
Before this assignment, David served as president of Fossil Power, where he led strategy, business development, operations, and had financial responsibility for another of Bechtel’s major businesses. He has also managed the engineering, procurement and construction operations, which supports Bechtel’s power projects with procedures, information systems, and facilities, and the recruiting, training, and deploying of personnel.
David has served as regional business manager for Bechtel’s power work in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia. Based in London, he had responsibility for 10 major projects, more than $1 billion per year in revenue. Before taking on this role, he worked in São Paulo, Brazil as manager of Bechtel’s Latin America power, telecommunications, and civil business. He was subsequently appointed deputy manager for Bechtel’s South America operations and served as the area’s chief financial officer.
David’s initial work in Latin America included managing the development, negotiation of construction and associated training, and the engineering and construction of the 700-megawatt Samalayuca II combined cycle power plant, Mexico’s first independent power project.
During the 1980s, David managed the power business’s estimating department and later worked on coal, waste coal, gas, and waste-to-energy projects. Early in his career, he worked in various engineering and construction roles for several nuclear power projects, both boiling and pressurized water designs.
David earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA degree from George Washington University.