Lew Watts Joins Governing Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By | October 11, 2013

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CHICAGO – October 8, 2013 – Lew Watts, president of Lew Watts & Associates LLC, an energy consultancy firm, has joined the Governing Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, effective October 2013.  In 2009 he was the Chair of the World Bank’s external expert panel on Climate Change, Energy Access & Energy Security, and currently sits on several boards in the US and Europe.  "Dr. Watts brings to the Bulletin deep expertise on energy and environment issues, as well as experience in the corporate world," noted John Balkcom, chair of the Governing Board. "We are very pleased to welcome Lew as the newest member of our Board.”

From 2006 to 2009 Watts was President & CEO of PFC Energy, one of the largest global consulting firms in energy. He has over 35 years’ experience within the oil and gas industry ranging from upstream, gas and power, to the service industry. "I am thrilled that Dr. Watts has joined the board," said Bulletin executive director Kennette Benedict. "His expertise in strategy, branding and marketing, along with his creative intellect and deep knowledge of the energy industry, add new dimensions to the Governing Board."

The Governing Board of the Bulletin ensures that the organization has the management, policies, and resources to fulfill its mission. "I am honored to join the leadership of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists," said Watts. "I look forward to working with staff and the Science and Security Board to expand the Bulletin’s reach, bringing expert knowledge to even more policy makers and the general public about the threats from nuclear weapons and disruptive changes to the climate."

Watts has a First Class honors degree in geology from the University of Bristol and received a PhD from Reading University, both in the UK. He is a published poet and lives in Chicago, Illinois, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.     


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