Chris Brannan has been selected as the chief financial officer (CFO) for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, effective May 29, Lab Director Bill Goldstein announced.
Brannan was selected for this senior leadership position through a broad national search. As the CFO, he will oversee LLNL’s $1.6 billion annual budget and will provide management and leadership for a staff of approximately 145 financial professionals covering accounting, budget and financial analysis. He will be responsible for establishing and overseeing financial policies, procedures and controls; disbursement of funds; financial reporting; and compliance with federal financial requirements. Brannan also will coordinate the communication of resource requirements to external agencies, including the preparation of budget submissions and other funding requests.
As a member of the senior management team, he will participate in key decisions pertaining to the Laboratory's strategy, including end-to-end business services, operating models and operational execution. In addition, he will serve as treasurer of Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS), LLC, reporting to the LLNS Board of Governors. LLNS manages the Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration.
“I am honored and humbled to be selected for this role,” Brannan said. “I look forward to partnering with the CFO staff, the Laboratory as a whole, and our sponsors in our ongoing efforts to provide financial and operational excellence in support of our nation.”
Throughout his 17-year career at the Lab, Brannan has built a reputation of professional financial stewardship and collaborative customer relations, both external and internal to the Laboratory. Most recently, he served as the financial/business manager for the Weapons and Complex Integration Principal Directorate, where he was a senior member of the leadership team. In this capacity, he frequently collaborated with federal stakeholders, managed approximately $1 billion in total funds and led a team of 14 financial professionals. He also contributed to a number of LLNL and NNSA-wide projects and initiatives.
Brannan has a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in business administration/strategic management from California State University, Hayward.
“I look forward to working with Chris and drawing on his exceptional experience and unique perspective in guiding the Lab into the future,” Goldstein said.