Pierre Bechelany left Louisiana Tech University with two degrees in mechanical engineering and a job with GE working on a contract for NASA. It turned out that space would be his first but not final frontier. Six weeks into his career, Bechelany received a call from Bechtel with an offer for a job in oil and gas. As a native of the Middle East, the industry was in his DNA and he jumped at the chance. He started in refining but soon moved into the company’s pipeline and LNG businesses.

Bechelany joined engineering and construction giant Fluor Corp. in 2010 as vice president of upstream operations. He moved into the pipeline and LNG business in 2013 and was named president of the division in August 2017, responsible for the company’s global marketing in pipeline, LNG and LNG regasification. A diverse company with a global workforce of more than 56,000 and 2017 revenue of about $19.5 billion, Fluor’s projects on five continents provide capacity of 60 million tonnes per year. Bechelany spoke with Hart Energy at the recent World Gas Conference in Washington, D.C.