Frank scales the heights
If you’re looking for a story that demonstrates the potential a career with Bovis Lend Lease offers career seekers, it’s hard to go past Frank Lorenzetto ( pictured).
The CV is impressive: Frank is currently General Manager, NSW, Australia, with overall responsibility and accountability for all business operations in the region.
He has a depth of experience across a range of project development and project management, engineering, and construction areas, and has held various positions on a number of major projects for Bovis Lend Lease here and around the world.
Frank also has developed strong skills and experience in development, commercial and contract negotiations, and project financing, which were traits not often exercised during an ordinary suburban Sydney upbringing.
My father worked in the construction industry. He was a builder and I came from a bluecollar background,’’ he says.
Growing up, I was pretty good at the sciences and maths so I studied engineering at uni and got a cadetship with the DMR ( now the RTA) for the design and construction of highways and bridges.
As I was getting up to graduate, I worked on a number of pretty good bridge and road projects across the state, leading up the Bicentenary celebrations in 1988: they had $ 5 billion to spend in a couple of years, so they embarked on some really large projects, which was a lot of fun for me.’’
He joined Lend Lease through a graduate recruitment program and he’s been with them ever since. Frank’s first job was the Capita Centre on Castlereagh Street in Sydney. He enjoyed the on- site dealing with sub- contractors and
really managing all the construction’’.
It’s really different to university, where you can launch into the design side of things: I just wanted to get out and build things,’’ he says.
Mr Lorenzetto has enjoyed a lot of variety, ranging from fivestar hotels to rebuilding the Kellogg’s factory out at Botany to establishing a division that specialised in infrastructure and waste- water projects, which he headed up.
He was responsible for the overall design and construction of the Pyrmont Bridge Link and Monorail Station, constructed over seven roadways of the Western Distributor and, following their successful completion, became Project Manager for the Podium works at Darling Park. He was also responsible for project managing the successful proposal to develop the iconic Aurora Place project in Phillip Street, Sydney.
The highlight of his domestic career up to that point was during the lead- up the Olympics when there were obviously some great projects, especially in Sydney’’, but by 2001 the construction slump that briefly hit was being felt and Frank mentioned to a superior that he felt like a change.
A couple of months later, the CEO tapped me on the shoulder and said: How would you like to go to China and work in our office in Shanghai?’,’’ he recalls.
I decided to give it a go, but what was supposed to be for two years ended up being until about two months ago.’’
As Managing Director, Frank had overall responsibility for the business operations of Bovis Lend Lease in Greater China and was accountable to clients for successful project development and delivery.
But the blue- collar Sydney boy has not forgotten his roots and regularly shares his amazing career path with aspiring newcomers, and still delights in recognising their enthusiasm for the possibilities Bovis Lend Lease offers:
‘‘ I still go around and talk to the younger guys here about how I started out and what I’ve done and you can see the guys who are graduate recruits now going Oh, wow’ and they can see the career opportunties.’’