Linda R. Bauer has been selected as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) deputy director, as well as vice president of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, Lab Director Bill Goldstein announced.
The announcement was made Wednesday during a special meeting to introduce Bauer to all employees. She replaces Tom Gioconda, who announced he was stepping down from the position in September. Bauer’s appointment as deputy director is effective Nov. 1.
Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS) manages the Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA). Goldstein serves as LLNS president.
“I am confident Linda will be an outstanding addition to the senior management team, and I am very pleased that she will be joining the Laboratory,” Goldstein said.
Goldstein also thanked Gioconda “for his service to our Laboratory and the nation.”
As deputy director, Bauer will participate in the day-to-day management of the Laboratory, including interfacing with the NNSA Livermore Field Office (LFO), acting as director in Goldstein’s absence and serving as a key member of the Laboratory's senior management staff, providing executive-level guidance and direction. She will oversee key institutional priorities, including ensuring safe and successful operation and vital infrastructure to support the delivery of all program commitments and deliverables; ensuring the recruitment and retention of a quality workforce in the operational areas of the Laboratory; and addressing and promoting business and operational efficiencies.
Bauer also will be responsible for fostering successful relationships among the Laboratory, LLNS Board of Governors and partners, DOE/NNSA, LFO, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, peer organizations and laboratories in the DOE complex, private industry and the local community.
Prior to joining the Laboratory, Bauer served as vice president of Mission Assurance for Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS), LLC, which is responsible for managing and operating the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In this role, she focused on day-to-day operational performance and enterprise-wide approaches to environmental stewardship, personnel safety and health; weapons quality assurance and operational excellence. She was responsible for the functional areas of nuclear and explosive surety, conduct of operations, event investigation, readiness and enterprise analysis and oversight. She co-sponsored the CNS Fellows Program and chaired the CNS Strategy Council.
Throughout the course of her career, Bauer has held a number of senior management positions. For CNS, she was director of transformation, responsible for providing the framework within which merger, consolidation and continuous improvement activities were planned and executed. At Y-12, she was acting senior vice president and deputy general manager, responsible for the Production, Facilities, Infrastructure and Services, Engineering/Design Authority and Uranium Processing Facility Integration organizations, and she provided leadership in all aspects of plant operations. As vice president and division director of Facilities, Infrastructure and Services, she was responsible for all aspects of facilities management and maintenance at the 5 million-square-foot site.
Prior to joining the Y-12 senior staff, Bauer was senior vice president for Los Alamos Technical Associates (LATA), Inc., where she provided executive-level direction and support and served as project manager for LATA’s $525 million Portsmouth Environmental Restoration Project at the Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio.
Bauer holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Memphis, a master’s in health physics and a Ph.D. in environmental health physics, both from Purdue University.
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