Skanska USA, one of the largest, most financially sound construction and development companies in the U.S., today announced two promotions. Jim O’Shea was named Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and Nicole Didda was promoted to Chief Communications Officer. Both report directly to Richard Cavallaro, President and CEO of Skanska USA.
In the six years since she joined Skanska, Nicole Didda has built an operation that spans all US units and promotes the brand across multiple audiences, evolving the company’s image into a values-driven, national leader known for both its high-quality projects and its contribution to improving communities. In her new role, she will continue to develop strategy for all internal and external communications and leverage her change management expertise to define and drive the cultural shifts needed to support Skanska’s 2020 business goals. Prior to Skanska, Didda served as a Partner at global management consulting firm Oliver Wyman and as an Executive Vice President/General Manager at global communications firm Edelman. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University.
A 13-year Skanska veteran, Jim O’Shea previously served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources, overseeing all compensation, benefits and administration for more than 10,000 US-based employees and was a key member of Skanska’s Ethics and Compliance Committee. His migration from Human Resources to Ethics is a natural evolution and exemplifies the value Skanska places on intercompany mobility, as the company continues to make ethics a part of daily conversations at its project sites and offices. O’Shea holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources from Trinity College & University and a Master of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business. O’Shea is a native of Roscommon, Ireland.
“Both of these moves reflect key priorities for our business. Nicole’s promotion not only reflects her accomplishments but also the need to give communications a dedicated seat at the table given the increasing role of our brand in our success, and the growing desire of employees to feel connected across our entire company” said Richard Cavallaro President & CEO, Skanska USA. “And just as Skanska is a recognized leader in safety, I expect Jim to further our journey toward being the industry leader in ethics."
Skanska USA is currently engaged in transformative projects across the nation, including The World Trade Center Transportation Hub and Oculus in New York City; the I-4 Ultimate Highway in Central Florida; Stone34, headquarters for Brooks Sports in Seattle; the Los Angeles Metro Expo Line Phase 2 Extension; Lackland Air Force Base Wilford Hall in San Antonio, TX; and more. For a full view of Skanska’s work in the United States, click here.