Michael D. Bellaman

The Associated Builders and Contractors has selected former Bovis Lend Lease executive Michael D. Bellaman to be its new president and CEO.

Bellaman, 48 years old, who has been based in Chicago, starts his ABC job on Feb. 1, the association announced on Jan. 10. You can view ABC's announcement here.

He succeeds M. Kirk Pickerel, who has been ABC's president and CEO since 2000. Pickerel announced last April that he would be retiring, effective March 31, 2011.

Bellaman spent 23 years at Lend Lease Corp. Ltd., the Australia-based real estate, design and construction company, most recently as Bovis Lend Lease CEO of Americas from 2008 to June 2010.

Before that, he was CEO of Lend Lease Retail and Communities, from 2005 to 2008.

Bellaman also was chairman of ABC's Virginia chapter in 1998 and 1999.

ABC said that since leaving Bovis Lend Lease, Bellaman "has been involved in a number of entrepreneurial initiatives."