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Kem Robinson to Lead Project Management Office Full Time

A Message From COO Glenn Kubiak and ALD James Symons

Kem-Robinson-Medium-255x300Berkeley Lab is in an unprecedented period of existing and anticipated major capital facility and science projects. Ensuring that all these projects are managed within scope, schedule and budget is critical to the success of the Lab and to the continued revitalization of its scientific facility infrastructure. To better assure the success of these projects, Lab leadership has decided to strengthen and centralize oversight of major projects under the dedicated, full-time leadership of the Laboratory’s Project Management Officer. The principle responsibilities are to provide ongoing support and oversight of the Lab’s major projects and to serve as a resource to assure project management excellence for all projects.

Effective August 1, the Project Management Officer will become a full-time position to manage and lead the Project Management Office (PMO), reporting directly to Glenn Kubiak, Chief Operating Officer, with a functional (dotted line) reporting relationship also to Horst Simon, Laboratory Deputy Director.

We are very pleased to announce that Kem Robinson has agreed to take on this important role. Kem has managed the PMO since 2012, serving simultaneously as the Engineering Division Director during that time. Kem will be stepping down from his Engineering position to serve solely as the Project Management Officer to lead the PMO. Kem’s vast experience in project management throughout the DOE complex makes him uniquely qualified for this position, and the Lab is fortunate to have his expertise and leadership in this role at this critical time.

A search for a new Director of Engineering will commence shortly. In the interim, Henrik von der Lippe has agreed to serve as Acting Division Director for Engineering, effective August 1, 2015. Henrik has over 15 years of technical and organizational leadership experience in the Division, most recently as Division Deputy and Head of the Electronics, Software and Instrumentation Department. He will bring continuity and a deep knowledge of the Division to the position during the search for a new Division Director.

Please join us in thanking Kem for his 12 years of leadership and service as Division Director for Engineering and congratulating him in his new role. His focus on project management oversight will help the Laboratory employ consistent project management principles and discipline as we create the scientific infrastructure for the Lab’s next 85 years.