CH2M Hill gets new president

John Ciucci has been picked to be president of CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. at Hanford effective Oct. 1.

He will replace John Fulton, who last week announced his retirement from the position effective Sept. 30.

Ciucci came to Hanford in 2011 as the chief operations officer for CH2M Hill, the contractor responsible for central Hanford and groundwater cleanup.

Bill Kirby, the deputy project manager for Washington Closure Hanford, will move to CH2M Hill to take Ciucci's former position Oct. 1.

Ciucci has 30 years of experience leading operations and projects, including 24 years in Department of Energy nuclear project management.

"He has managed billion-dollar programs, improved safety performance and ensured cost-effective project completion on schedule and within budget," Fulton said in a message to employees Wednesday.

Before taking the Hanford job, Ciucci served as the director of environmental management for the Nevada National Security Site, previously called the Nevada Test Site.

He also has held leadership positions at the Department of Energy's Rocky Flats, Colo., site for CH2M Hill; for British Nuclear Fuels in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the United Kingdom; and Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory Naval Nuclear Program in West Mifflin, Penn.

He has a master's in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Kirby is responsible for the day-to-day operations of cleanup along the Columbia River at Hanford.

He has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry, working in project management, decommissioning, engineering and construction.

He has previously worked at the Idaho Cleanup Project and Rocky Flats.

-- Annette Cary: 509-582-1533;; Twitter: @HanfordNews