Source: Aiken StandardColin Demarest | August 28, 2018

Image result for mark whitney, aecomAECOM, the international infrastructure company with Aiken ties, has tapped a former U.S. Department of Energy higher-up to fill an executive nuclear-related role.

Mark Whitney will replace Todd Wright as the general manager and executive vice president of AECOM’s nuclear and environment strategic business unit.

Wright retired from the position. The change was effective Aug. 27.

Wright, a former Savannah River National Laboratory director, will be staying with AECOM and will assume another senior leadership role.

In his new position, Whitney will handle the company’s nuclear and environmental day-to-day operations and interactions, including those with the DOE.

AECOM is based in Los Angeles and is involved in energy, engineering, construction, cleanup and management ventures.

The company has an office along Newberry Street in Aiken. AECOM leads Savannah River Remediation, the current liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site.

The SRR team includes BWXT, Bechtel National and CH2M.

Whitney has approximately two decades of nuclear leadership experience: Prior to joining AECOM, Whitney served as the principal deputy assistant secretary for the DOE Office of Environmental Management.

DOE Environmental Management is the SRS landlord.

Whitney also worked as the National Nuclear Security Administration’s acting principal assistant deputy administrator for defense nuclear nonproliferation and as the assistant deputy administrator for nonproliferation and international security.

The NNSA is a semiautonomous DOE agency in charge of the nation’s nuclear complex and related nonproliferation.