Mark Anthony To Join LANL As New Associate Laboratory Director For Plutonium Infrastructure

LANL has announced that Mark Anthony, currently a projector director of the European Spallation Source in Sweden, will lead the Lab’s Associate Directorate for Plutonium Infrastructure. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos National Laboratory in November will welcome Mark Anthony to lead the newly created Associate Directorate for Plutonium Infrastructure (ALDPI). Anthony, who has more than 32 years of experience leading complex technical organizations with significant fiscal and programmatic responsibilities, will move from Lund, Sweden, where he is currently a project director for European Spallation Source (ESS), a $3.8 billion effort to build and operate the world’s most powerful neutron source for the European Research Infrastructure Consortium.

The news comes four months after Laboratory Director Thom Mason announced the new associate Laboratory directorate.

“The ALDPI role is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to apply my experience, leadership, and project management expertise to the Laboratory’s national security mission,” Anthony said. “The key to success will be teamwork across the new ALD, across LANL, and with a large list of stakeholders to ensure that projects are completed safely, on time, and within budget.”

Prior to working for ESS, Anthony worked for General Electric Hitachi Nuclear Energy, where he was the CEO for nuclear fuel and services in Europe. Based in Sweden, he traveled frequently, especially to Switzerland, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Finland, and the United Kingdom. 

Anthony acknowledges that “management styles can be unique to countries and cultures,” but he hopes to bring that focus on relationships to his work at Los Alamos. He calls his leadership style “perhaps more participative and democratic.”

“I like to tell my teams where they’re going, but not necessarily how they’re going to get there,” he said. “I know how to hire the best person for a job, and I have the courage to get out of his or her way while still keeping on top of performance and ensuring the organization is moving forward toward its vision, mission, and goals.”

Anthony will move to Northern New Mexico with his wife of 32 years. The couple has two grown children and just became grandparents this summer. When he’s not at work, Anthony will be working towards a master’s degree in IT security, just for fun. He’ll also likely be restoring vintage cars or dabbling in carpentry, electrical, and mechanical projects around the house.

And if time allows, he’ll be cooking, experimenting with local foods and flavors — including New Mexico’s famous chile peppers. “The green is great for roasting,” he said. “And I need the red for my outstanding homemade chili.”