New national and local leadership appointed at Balfour Beatty Construction

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Business names National Head of Safety, National Head of Talent, and Division President in Washington, D.C.

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These leaders embody the top talent in the business and our continued commitment to three areas of highest priority for our future success – Zero Harm, local leadership and talent management.

Balfour Beatty Construction has promoted three internal leaders to senior leadership positions. Steve Smithgall, a 32-year industry veteran and 16-year company leader has been named Corporate Senior Vice President for Safety, Health and Environment; Doug Turner, a 30-year industry veteran and company leader since 2001, has been named Corporate Vice President of Talent Development; and Leon Blondin, a 26-year industry veteran and 11-year company leader, has accepted the role of Division President in Washington, D.C.

“These leaders embody the top talent in the business and our continued commitment to three areas of highest priority for our future success – Zero Harm, local leadership and talent management,” said Robert Van Cleave, Chairman and CEO of Balfour Beatty Construction Services US.

In his new role, Smithgall will focus on Balfour Beatty’s dedication to Zero Harm, a global commitment to the highest standards in safety and to removing risk from the environments the business creates and controls. He will provide direction and leadership to loss prevention and operations teams across the nation.

Smithgall has been a part of the company since 1997 holding a number of senior leadership roles. Most recently, he served as Division President in Washington, D.C. He has 32 years of experience in the construction industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in building construction from Virginia Tech. He has served on numerous community and industry boards, including the Ronald McDonald House Charities Building Committee, the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Washington Building Congress and the Myers Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech.

Blondin will take over the role of Division President in Washington, D.C., a position formerly held by Smithgall. As the former Division President of the company’s National/Federal group, Blondin was responsible for tracking strategy and processes necessary to acquire Federal projects nationwide. In his new role, he will oversee all public and private projects in the Washington division.

Blondin has been with Balfour Beatty Construction since 2001, holding the positions of Chief Estimator, Vice President, Senior Vice President and Division President. During his 26-year career he has pursued projects in more than 30 states. He is past president of the National Capitol Chapter of Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), and holds a degree in construction engineering from Alfred State College.

As the new National Head of Talent, Turner will assess and develop a national talent strategy, recommend staffing assignments, forecast future needs and manage developmental programs that enhance the company’s ability to attract, retain, and deploy the top talent in the industry.

With more than 30 years of experience as a senior human resources professional, Turner began his career with Balfour Beatty Construction in 2001 as Vice President of Human Resources in the Washington division. He has a bachelor’s degree in organizational communications from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree in management from National-Louis University and a master’s of applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

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