Skanska announced Len Vetrone has been named co-chief operating officer, overseeing all of the company’s building operations in California. Vetrone will sit on Skanska USA Building’s senior leadership team, succeeding Bob Babitsky, who will retire Jan. 1, 2015. Vetrone will be based in Skanska’s Oakland office starting Sept. 29, 2014.
Vetrone joins Skanska after more than 30 years in the industry, most recently with a major west coast builder where, as senior vice president, he led national and international business units in design-build, CM-at-Risk, integrated project delivery and more. He has project experience across numerous market sectors such as commercial, multifamily, federal, healthcare, education and mission critical. Vetrone will work closely with Executive Vice President and Oakland General Manager Bruce Holms to continue to grow Skanska’s California building construction business.
“Len’s experience aligns perfectly with our customers’ needs in the state and should enable a seamless transition as Bob retires,” said Skanska USA Building President and CEO Bill Flemming. “Bob has been a tremendous asset for our clients and our company through the years and we thank him for all he has done.”
Babitsky will retire after 36 years with Skanska. He was instrumental in the success of Skanska’s Seattle office before moving to California in 2011 to serve as Co-COO. Over this time, he oversaw the transformation of Skanska’s building business in the Golden State, with Skanska’s Oakland office growing rapidly and the establishment of a new office in Los Angeles. Babitsky will continue to work with Skanska in a consultant role.
“It has been an honor to work with a talented group of people committed to creating new possibilities for communities and customers,” Babitsky said. “I am looking forward to helping ensure a smooth transition for Len over the next three months and know that our California team is poised for a prosperous future.”