Richard Kennedy, President & CEO, Skanska USA Building

Richard Kennedy leads Skanska USA Building’s senior management team and its more than 3,200 construction professionals nationwide to deliver world-class construction services within the building sector across the United States.

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

Prior to being appointed President and CEO of USA Building, Richard served as the Chief Operating Officer for the company’s Metro New York and New Jersey operations, beginning in 2009. As COO, he focused on building the company’s market position and talent base. Working with his team, the company’s New York City revenues more than doubled during his tenure. He played a key role in winning major projects such as the $4 billion redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal B, and led the region in becoming a significant player in the healthcare space. 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.

A 21-year veteran of the construction industry, Richard joined Skanska in 2004 as the company’s General Counsel and in that role led the development of the legal and risk management functions. He serves as one of the company’s Ethics Champions and is a strong supporter of the Skanska Women’s Network and the Skanska Mentoring Program, both of which are committed to developing tomorrow’s talent from across the company.

In addition to his day-to-day operational duties, Richard is an active construction industry participant and currently serves as Co-Chair for the Building Trades Employers’ Association of New York City (BTEA), Director of the New York Building Contractors Association and Board Member of the New York ACE Mentor Program. He has been the recipient of various industry awards and devotes his time to various charitable organizations.