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Skanska Announces New Chief Operating Officer

Mon December 11, 2017 - National Edition

David Schmidt
David Schmidt
David Schmidt Jim Link Tim Johnson

Skanska, a provider of project development and construction services, announced a series of executive promotions supporting the company's long-term growth strategy in the United States

Skanska appointed David Schmidt as the new chief operating officer of Skanska USA commercial development, which self-finances, develops, leases and divests commercial and multi-family projects in Boston, Houston, Seattle and Washington, D.C. In his new role, Schmidt will focus on maximizing operational efficiency within the commercial development division's home markets, review all commercial real estate investment proposals, oversee new market pursuits and manage strategic services.

Schmidt has more than 35 years' experience in the construction and development industries and most recently served as COO overseeing building operations in the Pacific Northwest, Texas and Arizona. He will be based out of Skanska's Seattle office and will report to Skanska USA Commercial Development President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Ward.

Jim Link, formerly the Oregon's office's executive vice president and general manager, will succeed Schmidt as COO overseeing all work for Skanska's building operations in the Pacific Northwest, Texas and Arizona. With a deep resume of experience across the bulk of Skanska's primary market sectors, Link will advise customers on construction processes and building options in support of their business goals. A 33-year veteran of the construction industry, he is based in Portland and will report to Skanska USA Building President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Kennedy. 

Tim Johnson, steps into to Link's former role as executive vice president and general manager for Skanska's Oregon operations. In this role, Johnson will implement Skanska's business plan in Oregon, driving the strategic growth of markets statewide and in southwest Washington. In 23 years with Skanska, he has accumulated significant experience with a variety of complex projects, delivering results that achieve exceptional customer outcomes. He remains based in the Portland office.