Stephen Bechtel, Obituary, Leadership, San Francisco, California, Transition, Engineering, Construction
Stephen D. Bechtel Jr., an industry leader and ENR award winner who for three decades was CEO of the engineering and construction company that bears his familyâ€™s name, died March 15 at his home in San Francisco, the company said in a statement. He was 95.
Bechtel, known as Steve Jr., joined the company in 1948 as a field engineer and rose through the ranks to become CEO in 1960, a position that he held until 1990. He also served as a company board member through 2018. Steve Jr. was the third-generation of the Bechtel family to head the company. The company was founded by Warren A. Bechtel, who was succeeded by Stephen Sr., in 1933. Steve Jr. also became chairman in 1973.