MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin has announced the appointment of Joe St. Julian, former principal vice-president and general manager at Bechtel, as its new president of nuclear starting April 1.

St. Julian has 30 years of leadership experience in construction, project controls, project management, strategic planning and commercial management in the nuclear sector in addition to the oil and gas, power, civil and government sectors, stated a recent release. He is working through a planned succession and handover process with Sandy Taylor, the current president, who will be retiring in 2022.

Based in Houston, Texas, St. Julian will report to Ian Edwards, president and CEO of SNC-Lavalin, and will join the executive committee.

“Joe has an exceptional track record of building businesses, delivering operational excellence and consistent predictable business results across a variety of global projects at a time when the need for sustainable energy solutions has never been more critical,” said Edwards in a statement. ”He’s a transformative leader with a unique skill set and I look forward to working with him to continue to drive our growth strategy forward of which the continued success of our global nuclear business is an integral component.”

St. Julian will be responsible for continuing the expansion of the nuclear business in the U.S. and globally. His oversight will also include the design and delivery of CANDU reactors, the development of advanced fuel technologies and small modular reactor (SMR) support.

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