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  • March 18 - 22, 2024
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Catherine Hunt Ryan


President, Manufacturing and Technology

Catherine Hunt Ryan is the president of Bechtel’s manufacturing and technology business, with responsibility for the worldwide markets of design, construction, and project delivery for semiconductors, electric vehicles, synthetic materials, and data centers. Catherine has two decades of EPC industry experience in energy, infrastructure, and water sectors. At Bechtel, she has held key project development, project management, and executive leadership roles. Before leading the Manufacturing and Technology business, Catherine was the chief financial officer of Bechtel Group, Inc., responsible for leading the finance organization, which includes Bechtel Enterprises and the corporate planning, treasury, tax, and shared service functions. Catherine joined Bechtel in 2007, initially working in Bechtel Enterprises, the company’s project development, investment, and financing services group. Catherine transitioned to Bechtel Energy in 2013 and was the project controls and commercial lead of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction project. She became the CFO of the Energy business in 2016 and became the CFO of Bechtel Group in 2018. Before joining Bechtel, Catherine worked at the World Bank’s Infrastructure Economics and Finance unit with a focus on contract design and economic regulation for private investment in power and water utilities. Catherine earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University, and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School. She is on the board of the Bechtel Group as well as educational institutions including the Stanford Construction Institute and Beauvoir School. Catherine lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children.

Sessions With Catherine Hunt Ryan

Thursday, 9 March

  • 07:15am - 08:20am (CST) / 09/mar/2023 01:15 pm - 09/mar/2023 02:20 pm

    Charging Up: Building up the infrastructure for electric vehicles

    Transportation & Mobility/Electrification (EVs/built environment)
    As the transition to plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) accelerates globally, a corresponding exponential increase in supporting infrastructure is required to facilitate recharging these vehicles in the multitude of locations where they will dwell. With increasing numbers of EVs on the roads, we have observed technological advances in vehicle- and infrastructure-side hardware as well as supporting software. Much can be learned from the experience to date of seasoned industry participants across the domains both domestic and public, plus the service providers both front end and back end, in how to deliver abundant, reliable, safe, user-friendly and profitable infrastructure. How does the industry scale up in a cost-efficient manner and establish profitable business models for all stakeholders? How do we accelerate the rollout process, more rapidly overcoming common bureaucratic and technical bottlenecks? What are the grid implications of simultaneously charging multiple EVs and what are the tools at our disposal to prevent the need for costly reinforcement and upgrades?