Richard Kennedy, President & CEO, Skanska USA

Richard Kennedy is President & CEO of Skanska USA and a member of Skanska’s eight-person Group Leadership Team (GLT) responsible for global operations. A 25-year veteran of the construction industry, he is responsible for the company’s U.S. construction operations; U.S. corporate staff functions; and infrastructure development operations. Skanska in the U.S. generated $7.1 billion in revenue in 2023 from construction, commercial development and infrastructure development operations.

As Skanska USA’s leader, Richard is committed to collaborating with customers and to promoting an ethical, transparent and inclusive culture that allows all employees to do what they do best in service of Skanska’s customers, each and every day.

Richard has served in several other senior roles at Skanska including President and CEO of Skanska USA Building, in 2009 as the Chief Operating Officer for the firm’s Metro NY operations, and the company’s General Counsel in 2004.

In his career at Skanska, he has played a key role in securing major projects such as the $4 billion redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal B, the $1.2 billion James A. Farley Building Redevelopment Moynihan Train Hall project, and led the Metro NY region in becoming a significant player in the healthcare market. He also oversaw the successful execution of marquee, complex projects, such as the United Nations Headquarters Renovation, the Advanced Science Research Center for the City University of New York, the World Trade Center Transportation HUB and MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, among others.

Richard is on the Board and Executive Committee for the Building Trades Employers’ Association of New York City and is Vice Chair of the New York Building Congress. He has served as past Director of the New York Building Contractors Association and past Board Member of the ACE Mentor Program of Greater NY. He is an advocate of Skanska Women’s Network and the Skanska Mentoring Program, both of which are committed to developing tomorrow’s talent from across the company.

Richard received his master of laws degree from The London School of Economics and Political Science, his juris doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law and bachelor of arts degree from Rutgers University.