Richard Cavallaro is one of nine members of Skanska AB’s Senior Executive Team responsible for Skanska’s global operations. As President and CEO of Skanska USA Inc., he is primarily responsible for Skanska USA Building, which specializes in building construction and Skanska USA Civil, which is focused on civil infrastructure. He also oversees collaboration efforts across all four US business units including Skanska USA Commercial Development and Skanska Infrastructure Development North America.
Rich most recently served as president of Skanska USA Civil, one of Skanska’s top-performing business units in terms of financial results, quality and safety. During his tenure, Skanska USA Civil was recognized as Skanska’s Business Unit of the Year twice.
By taking progressive steps to create a culture of safety, Rich has helped Skanska achieve exceptional incident rates.
Rich led an aggressive expansion of Skanska USA Civil’s geographic footprint beyond its successful regions in the Northeast, Southeast and Southwest by spearheading efforts to secure work in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California. He also successfully pushed sharing expertise across the company and exploring how to best implement alternative delivery methods. As a result, Skanska USA Civil can execute all types of projects in any region of the country. In order to support the company’s growing presence in the energy sector, Rich launched the national Power & Industrial Center of Excellence (COE).
He also led the effort to streamline the company’s business processes, creating a unified set of practices that increase efficiency from the project site to the office.
Rich joined Skanska in 1996 as a senior estimator, playing a key role in successful bids totaling billions of dollars. He began his career as an airport engineer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Since graduating with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from City College of New York, Rich has spent more than 30 years in the industry.
Rich currently serves as chairman of New York Building Congress and sits on the boards of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, and Family & Children’s, an organization dedicated to helping vulnerable children, seniors, families, and communities in Long Island.