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BECHTEL NAMES THREE NEW COMPANY PRESIDENTS: AIMS TO STRENGTHEN INTERNATIONAL MARKETS

 BECHTEL NAMES THREE NEW COMPANY PRESIDENTS:
 AIMS TO STRENGTHEN INTERNATIONAL MARKETS
 SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Bechtel Group Inc. has named three new company presidents, while also announcing that a fourth senior executive will head an effort to concentrate more of the organization's resources on expanding its markets in six select areas of Europe, Asia and Africa.
 Gary Bechtel has been named president of Bechtel Civil Co; Jay Belote was appointed president of Bechtel Petroleum, Chemical and Industrial (BPC&I) Co.; and Clint Johnstone, Jr., was made president of Bechtel National Inc. Concurrently, each of the new presidents was also elected a director of Bechtel Group. The three join Executive Vice President Adrian Zaccaria, who serves as president of Bechtel Power Corp., in heading up the four largest operating companies in the Bechtel organization.
 In another move, Executive Vice President Don Gunther, a 31-year construction veteran and a member of the Bechtel Executive Committee, has been chosen to accelerate the company's outreach to the European Community, Eastern Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States (the former Soviet republics), the Middle East, Africa and the Indian subcontinent. By doing so, said Bechtel Group President Riley P. Bechtel, the firm hopes to more than double new-work awards in these areas within the next two years.
 "Our mission is to concentrate our focus on this region and to have decision-making authority and market-driven Bechtel resources physically closer to customers there," said Riley Bechtel.
 "Dispatching a member of Bechtel's Executive Committee to head our new European-based organization underscores the importance we place on being more accessible and responsive to our customers. We are enthusiastic about this international initiative."
 He added that Gunther, 53, who had been serving as president of BPC&I in Houston, will relocate to Europe.
 Gary Bechtel, 41, who started working on Bechtel construction sites as a student in the 1960s , initially gained his experience as a field labor relations representative before later serving in a variety of engineering assignments on mining jobs in Nevada and New Mexico. Since 1991, he has been an executive vice president of Bechtel Civil. Prior to that, he was a director and president of Beacon Construction Co., the Bechtel subsidiary that works with both union and non-union subcontractors.
 In his new post, Gary Bechtel succeeds retired Bechtel Civil president Bob Polvi, a 35-year construction veteran who spearheaded work on a number of international megaprojects. These included the New Riyadh International Airport in Saudi Arabia, new airport complexes for both Hong Kong and Seoul, and the Gerede-Ankara Motorway project in Turkey. Polvi will continue as a director of Bechtel Group and will assist Gary Bechtel during a transition period.
 As the new president of BPC&I, Belote takes over as the responsible senior officer for the Houston Regional Office, where that company is headquartered. Belote, 49, came to Bechtel in 1980 with a background in the process industry and since then has served in a variety of positions in the United States and Indonesia. Until this latest appointment, Belote had held the post of executive vice president of BPC&I.
 Johnstone had been serving as senior vice president and as chief financial officer and treasurer for Bechtel's worldwide operations prior to being named president of Bechtel National. His Bechtel career began in 1971 with a series of project estimating, scheduling and management assignment. In 1980, he spent a year in the federal Executive Exchange Program as executive assistant to the chief financial officer of the U.S. Department of Energy. He is 45.
 In his new assignment, Johnstone succeeds Bill Friend, who has been elected as executive vice president of Bechtel Group.
 Bechtel Civil Co. provides planning, design, procurement, construction and management services for a variety of transportation, water resources, and buildings and infrastrucure projects.
 BPC&I, based in Houston, offers various services for the development of petroleum, chemical and industrial-related projects.
 Bechtel Naitonal Inc. is Bechtel's high-technology and systems engineering company, moving beyond traditional engineering and construction to the world of highly advanced facilities, systems integration, and facilities operation and maintenance.
 Bechtel Power Corp. offers design, engineering, procurement and management services for the development of nuclear, fossil fuel and cogeneration facilities.
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