Press Release

Chairman of Balfour Beatty Construction Services US to retire at end of 2013

19 April 2013


Company president Mark Layman to serve as successor

After 16 years of company service, Robert Van Cleave, chairman and CEO of Balfour Beatty Construction Services US, will retire at the end of 2013. The announcement was made this week at the company’s annual officers meeting.

“I’ve partnered with senior business leaders for more than 15 months to carefully plan a succession strategy that best supports our employees, clients, and future growth,” said Van Cleave. “I could not and would not walk away until I knew the business was in great hands, and under strong leadership from the right team.

”With more than 30 years in the construction industry, Van Cleave joined the company (then Centex Construction) in 1996 as president and chief executive officer of its Southwest operations. In 2003, he assumed the role of chairman and chief executive for the national group, and soon helped guide the company through its 2007 acquisition by London-based Balfour Beatty, with global revenues exceeding $18 billion.  In addition to his leadership in the U.S., Robert serves on Balfour Beatty’s global Executive Committee and has previously served on several boards including the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, and TACA, a Dallas arts organization.

“As a friend and colleague for more than 20 years, I have huge respect for Robert’s integrity, reputation, and business acumen,” said John Tarpey, the company’s Chief Operating Officer.  “Robert is the embodiment of our company culture, one dedicated to the belief that how we work together is as important as the work we do.”

Mark Layman, President of Balfour Beatty Construction Services US, will assume leadership over the national business when Van Cleave retires at year-end. Layman will work closely with Tarpey, corporate, and regional leadership to continue to offer industry-leading innovation and value to clients in the public and private sector.

“With the company since 1989, Mark’s experience, talent, and proven leadership strength is the right fit for the future of our business,” said Van Cleave. “He’s been an active partner of mine for the past 16 years and is the perfect leader to ensure continued forward momentum on the strategy our team has built together.

”With more than 24 years with the company, Layman has held positions of increasing responsibility including VP of Finance, Executive Vice President, and Chief Financial Officer.  He holds a B.B.A in Finance from Texas A & M University and is a member of the Construction Financial Management Association.

Notes to editors:

1.  About Balfour Beatty Construction
An industry leader for more than 80 years, Balfour Beatty Construction provides general contracting, at-risk construction management, and design-build services for a wide variety of markets, serving clients in both the public and private sector.  With more than 2,400 employees across the U.S., the company has been cited as a Top 10 Green Builder by Engineering News-Record, and as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For® by FORTUNE magazine, four years in a row. The company is part of London-based Balfour Beatty plc, a global infrastructure services business operating in more than 80 countries, with a worldwide commitment to providing assets that help societies function, develop, and thrive.  To learn more about the company, visit or look for BalfourBeattyUS on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

2.  Balfour Beatty ( is an international infrastructure group that delivers world class services essential to the development, creation and care of infrastructure assets; from finance and development, through design and  project management to construction and maintenance.  Our businesses draw on more than 100 years of experience to deliver the highest levels of quality, safety and technical expertise to our clients principally in the UK, the US, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. We continue to develop our business in key growth markets in South Africa, Australia, Canada, Brazil and India.   With proven expertise in delivering infrastructure critical to support communities and society today and in the future, our key market sectors include transportation (roads, rail and aviation), power and energy, mining, water and social infrastructure such as hospitals and schools.  Balfour Beatty employs 50,000 people around the world.    


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