Skanska Expands California Team with Six New Additions

Grace Li

OAKLAND – (August 10, 2012) – Skanska USA has announced the hiring of six employees in its California operations. Mike Smithson and Grace Li will join Skanska USA Civil as a project executive and a project engineer, respectively. Stephen Carpenter, Alfred Arabejo, John Chavez and Paul Pluguez will join Skanska USA Building, as an environmental, health and safety manager, project accountant, visualization specialist and project engineer, respectively.

Smithson, who will be based in Skanska’s Riverside office, is assuming the position of project executive of underground operations. He has over 20 years of experience and is widely recognized as a national expert in tunneling and underground operations. Li will be joining Skanska’s VTA/BART team as a project engineer to deliver the highest level of quality service.

Albert Arabejo

“We are pleased to announce the additions of Mike Smithson and Grace Li to our team,” said Skanska USA Civil Executive Vice President, Mike Aparicio. “Mike’s impressive industry knowledge and experience and Grace’s quality service skills will be invaluable as we pursue work that aligns closely with their experiences in California.”

As an environmental, health and safety manager, Carpenter will be responsible for managing Skanska’s EHS programs for projects in the Bay Area. He is a Certified Safety Professional, and has an extensive background in both EHS, as well as industrial hygiene. Carpenter will work out of Skanska’s Oakland office.

Also based in Oakland, Arabejo will assist and support project teams by maintaining accurate and complete accounting records. He brings more than 15 years of project accounting experience to Skanska. Likewise, Chavez will be working out of the Oakland office. As a visualization specialist, Chavez brings creativity and analytical skills to Skanska projects, while working to maintain the company’s high visual standards.

Paul Pluguez

As a recent graduate with simultaneous degrees in architecture and civil engineering, Pluguez will bring ingenuity to Skanska’s California operations as a project engineer.

“Our growth in California puts us in an exciting position to add talented people to our team,” said Skanska USA Building Executive Vice President and General Manager Bruce Holms. “Stephen, Alfred, John and Paul each come with a great combination of experience that immediately strengthens our team.”

Skanska USA is one of the largest, most financially sound construction and development networks in the country, serving a broad range of industries including healthcare, education, sports, data centers, government, aviation, transportation, power, energy, water/wastewater and commercial. Headquartered in New York with 36 offices across the country, Skanska USA employs approximately 9,400 employees committed to sustainable construction and development and an injury-free workplace. Skanska USA Building, which specializes in building construction, and Skanska USA Civil, which focuses on civil infrastructure, generated $4.9 billion in revenue in 2011, representing 28 percent of Skanska’s global construction revenues. Development units Skanska USA Commercial Development, which invests in and develops office and multi-family projects in select U.S. markets, and Skanska Infrastructure Development Americas, which develops public-private partnerships, are both leaders in their selected markets. Global revenue of parent company Skanska AB, headquartered in Stockholm and listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, totaled $18.9 billion in 2011.

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