LAUREL, MD. — The board of directors of Maryland-headquartered engineering consulting firm Greenhorne & O’Mara (G&O) named Regional Vice President Joseph T. Skinner, P.E., president and CEO. Skinner succeeds Brandon R. Smith, P.E., who plans to retire in 2012, after a 40-year career with G&O.

Skinner has worked at G&O for a total of 17 years, most recently as the regional vice president, Southeast General Civil Services market and the Raleigh office’s branch manager. In his new role, He will be responsible for direct oversight of the company’s corporate headquarters in Laurel, Md., as well as its offices in seven states. He will continue to implement the strategic plan and growth initiatives adopted by the Executive Council.

“G&O has been my home for many years, and I feel honored to be selected for this leadership role. I am privileged to work with the talented and dedicated staff, and I know together we will continue to be a trusted firm that delivers impeccable service to all our clients while providing sustainable services that enhance the communities where we live and work,” said Skinner.

He has more than 37 years of national and international experience in all areas of engineering services, including planning studies, design, quality assurance, and construction review of numerous large and complex public, municipal, residential, commercial, and industrial projects. He understands the importance of efficiency, excellent design, and teamwork for a project’s success and has developed long-term client relationships that feature partnering; especially for completion of projects on the fast track.

Skinner is a registered Professional Engineer in seven states. He earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering at West Virginia University and is an active member of the Society of American Military Engineers, the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, and the American Council of Engineering Companies—North Carolina.