LANL taps Bechtel man for position

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Paul Henry named principal associate director for capital projects

By Carol A. Clark

An internal restructuring at Los Alamos National Laboratory will combine project management and environmental cleanup functions under a new directorate.

Laboratory Director Michael Anastasio also has announced the creation of a new senior leadership position, principal associate director for capital projects (PADCAP), adding that Paul Henry of Bechtel has been chosen for that position.

The Los Alamos Monitor received inquiries as to why the position was not posted to give others an opportunity to apply.

“The selection of Paul Henry as Principal Associate Director for Capital Projects adhered to all applicable hiring policies at LANL,” laboratory spokesman Kevin Roark said. “The position was approved by the LANS, LLC board of governors and the NNSA site manager. Because the job is a directorate level position and part of the LANL director’s immediate staff, advertising the position is not a requirement.”

Henry is a senior manager at Bechtel with 32 years of construction and enterprise management experience, according to the news release. He begins his new position Monday.

“Over the next 10 years, the laboratory will make a heavy investment in major capital projects, both construction and cleanup, that will transform our site and enable future mission,” Anastasio said. “Performance execution and integrated management of our entire capital portfolio is of utmost importance.”

Henry is moving from Pueblo, Colo., where he served most recently as manager of the $3.2 billion project to safely destroy the stockpile of deadly mustard chemical agent at the Pueblo Chemical Depot. It’s one of several major projects Henry has managed in his career.

“Paul brings a set of skills that will help us consolidate, integrate and standardize our approach to capital project activities,” Anastasio said.

Before Henry’s assignment in Pueblo, his Bechtel work included engineering and construction projects in the People’s Republic of China, development efforts in Egypt, and industrial projects across the United States.
His association with Bechtel began with work on the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in California.

In addition to serving Bechtel as a project manager, Henry has managed the company’s North American industrial operations and has been responsible for various aspects of marketing, engineering, construction and procurement.

Last year, he was elected a principal vice president of the corporation.

Henry earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management from Arizona State University.