Richard Kennedy, President & CEO, Skanska USA

Richard Kennedy is President & CEO of Skanska USA and a member of Skanska’s six-person Group Leadership Team (GLT) responsible for global operations. He is responsible for the company’s U.S. construction operations; U.S. corporate staff functions; and infrastructure development operations. Richard also oversees the coordination of all U.S. services, which generated $8 billion in revenue in 2018 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.

Prior to being appointed President and CEO of Skanska USA, Richard served as the President and CEO of Skanska USA Building. Prior to that role, he served as Chief Operating Officer for the company’s Metro New York and New Jersey operations. 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 22-year veteran of the construction industry, Richard joined Skanska in 2004 as the company’s General Counsel and, in that role, led the evolution of the unit’s 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 industryadvocate and currently serves on the Board and Executive Committee 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.