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The new role is intended to support recruiting diverse and underrepresented suppliers, subcontractors and sustainability experts.

COURTESY IMAGE: SKANSKA - Lee Fleming, vendor diversity manager.The Portland office of Skanska hired a vendor diversity manager, Lee Fleming, the construction company announced June 10.

In the new role, Fleming will be based in Portland, serving the Pacific Northwest and further to recruit diverse subcontractors, suppliers and sustainability experts, as well as supporting diverse staffing on Skanska initiatives and projects.

"Skanska is a major contributor to our community with a strong record of partnership with historically underutilized businesses and partners," Fleming said. "In my two decades of overseeing workforce diversity, inventory management, training and creating sustainable business practices, I know we can, together, drive social equity goals throughout our communities. It's my job to open doors and opportunities."

Fleming previously has held leadership roles in supplier diversity, including as the supplier diversity officer at Multnomah County, the senior contract analyst at Portland Public Schools, and the procurement analyst for the State of Oregon.

The general manager and executive vice president for Skanska's Oregon and Southwest Washington office is Tim Johnson.

"We've implemented this key, strategic role companywide to illustrate our values and commitment to expand diversity and inclusion opportunities for our partners and customers," Johnson said. "It's important that we have a key strategic leader now who will continue to inform and engage with traditionally under-represented businesses. Lee will also help ensure our internal culture continues to reflect the inclusive environment we value."


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