Swinerton names new CEO, president

The appointment marks only the 11th CEO change in the San Francisco-based company's 132-year history.

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January 22, 2020

Swinerton recently announced Eric Foster is the company’s new CEO and Dave Callis is the company’s president. Jeff Hoopes, CEO since 2013, retired at the end of 2019 after 35 years with the company. This marks only the 11th CEO leadership change in the San Francisco-based company's 132-year history.

“As we look forward, I believe the time is right for transition, and the time is right for the strengths of our deep leadership team to shine,” Hoopes says. “Eric's deep belief in our values, his calm demeanor, his business savvy, his exceptional understanding of our operations, and his leadership skills make him the right leader for this job.”

Since joining Swinerton in 1982 as a project engineer for the San Francisco Structural division after graduating from the University of California Berkeley with a degree in civil engineering, Foster has progressed through several roles, including from project manager to division manager and most recently, as the company's president and COO to CEO. He also serves on the board of Swinerton Incorporated and The Swinerton Foundation.

“It's an honor to be the 12th CEO in Swinerton's history,” Foster says. “After working alongside Jeff for over 30 years, I look forward to carrying forth with our initiatives focusing on the talent of our employee-owners, thoughtful expansion of our geographic footprint and exploration into new lines of business and services.”

Joining Foster at the helm of Swinerton's executive leadership team is Callis, who will continue to “drive sustainable growth across the entire Swinerton family through his innovating perspective to the management of business processes, the execution of work and the development of strong and adaptable teams,” the company says. Callis joined the Swinerton organization in 2001 as a senior project manager for the Orange County, California, division, where he progressed in rank, most recently serving as senior vice president, region manager for the divisions located in Southern California and the Pacific Northwest.

Executive Vice Presidents Frank Foellmer, John Capener and Don Adair complete Swinerton's executive team.