"Charlie brings an extraordinarily broad national security technical leadership background and expertise to this position that is coupled with the strong respect he garners from the Laboratory and international communities," Albright said. "He has proven his ability to successfully oversee scientific and technical teams in support of the Laboratory's national security mission, both in wide-ranging dimensions and on a personal level."
As principal associate director for Weapons & Complex Integration (WCI), Verdon will continue to help carry out the Laboratory's national security mission. Formally selected for this position following a national search, he will continue to lead the Laboratory's nuclear weapons program to support the current stockpile and the transformation to a future stockpile and Nuclear Weapons Complex infrastructure, ensuring stockpile safety, security, reliability and performance. He also will have the responsibility to develop and maintain the broad range of WCI technical capabilities and infrastructure that supports the current and long-range mission of the Laboratory.
Verdon joined the Laboratory in 1998 and has held a variety of scientific and key leadership roles in the WCI, most recently serving as the acting WCI principal associate director, deputy principal associate director, program director for the Secondary Nuclear Design Program and AX-division leader. He has a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Arizona, Tucson.
"Charlie has successfully integrated into the Laboratory's senior management team, has an extraordinarily dedicated work ethic and manages with a clear respect for the Laboratory's values and priorities," Albright said.
"I look forward to Charlie's continued dedication and leadership to help chart the future in a uniquely evolving national security environment."