US contractor appoints its first female CEO

By Steve Ducker04 May 2021

US demolition specialist Veit and Company has announced that Kelly Veit will succeed Vaughn Veit as chief executive officer (CEO) of the specialty contracting and waste management firm, effective immediately.

Based in Rogers, Minnesota, Veit employs more than 700 people and manages commercial, municipal and industrial construction projects across the American midwest and has been serving clients for more than 90 years.

Kelly Veit, CEO, Veit and Company Kelly Veit is one of only a few CEOs across US construction and demolition companies

Kelly is the first female CEO in the company’s history, and one of only a few female CEOs in the US construction industry. Her predecessor Vaughn Veit had been CEO since 1975.

This is the second major appointment at Veit in under a year, following Tim Reimann becoming president in 2020, and Kelly will work alongside Tim in her new role.

“Kelly has been a trusted advisor to Vaughn Veit and the company for over two decades,” said Tim Reimann.

“She has a deep understanding of the history of the company and is compelled to preserve the legacy that Vaughn has created,” said Reimann.

“I look forward to partnering with Kelly as we extend the Veit legacy for the next generation of employees, clients and partner organisations.”

Kelly Veit previously served as president of the US subsidiary of German plastics company FKuR.

“I am truly honoured to be chosen for the CEO position at Veit and to join the team that Vaughn has assembled and entrusted to carry the company forward as we focus on our 2030 vision,” said Kelly.

“I look forward to working with Tim and the leadership team in making the most of this special opportunity to lead as humble stewards of Vaughn’s legacy.”

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