Clay Haden Appointed as Skanska USA Building Business Unit President

Skanska promotes Clay Haden to Business Unit President for Skanska USA Building, effective June 1, 2024, succeeding Paul Hewins who is retiring after 25 years. Haden will lead the unit's strategy, safety, and financial performance, reporting to Richard Kennedy, Skanska Group Executive Vice President.

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Clay Haden Appointed as Skanska USA Building Business Unit President

Clay Haden Appointed as Skanska USA Building Business Unit President

Skanska has announced the promotion of Clay Haden to the role of Business Unit President for Skanska USA Building, effective June 1, 2024. Haden will succeed Paul Hewins, who has decided to retire after a distinguished 25-year tenure with the company.

Why this matters: This leadership change has significant implications for the US construction industry, as Skanska is a major player in the market. The company's strategic direction under Haden's leadership will likely influence industry trends and best practices.

As Business Unit President, Haden will assume responsibility for the overall performance and strategic direction of Skanska USA Building. His key focus areas will include setting the business strategy, delivering safety and financial results, fostering a value-based culture, and positioning the unit for long-term success. Haden will report directly to Richard Kennedy, Skanska Group Executive Vice President.

Haden brings extensive experience to his new role, having been with Skanska since 2006. During his tenure, he has held various senior positions, including General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer. Prior to joining Skanska, Haden was a Partner at the global law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP, where he specialized in construction law and litigation. He holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law and a B.S. in Construction from Arizona State University's Del E. Webb School of Construction.

Skanska Group President and CEO Anders Danielsson expressed confidence in Haden's leadership capabilities, stating, "Clay is the right leader for our next chapter. He is a strategic, insightful, and innovative leader who, having served on the USA Building Senior Leadership Team for the past 14 years, has a deep understanding of our business and our organization."

Haden himself acknowledged the honor of his new position, emphasizing the importance of Skanska's people in driving the company's success. "I am honored to continue serving the incredible people in this organization as the new BUP," he said. Our success is driven by our people, who work hard every day to deliver outstanding results for our customers."

Richard Kennedy, Skanska Group Executive Vice President, expressed excitement about the company's future in the US under Haden's leadership. "These are exciting times for Skanska in the US, and I look forward to working with Clay to build on this positive momentum," Kennedy stated. He also acknowledged the significant contributions of outgoing Business Unit President Paul Hewins, noting that he leaves behind a powerful legacy.

The appointment of Clay Haden as Business Unit President for Skanska USA Building marks a significant transition for the company. With Haden's extensive experience, strategic vision, and deep understanding of the organization, Skanska is well-positioned to continue its success and growth in the US construction market. As Haden assumes his new role, the company looks forward to leveraging his leadership to deliver exceptional results for its customers and drive long-term value for all stakeholders.

Key Takeaways

  • Clay Haden promoted to Business Unit President for Skanska USA Building, effective June 1, 2024.
  • Haden succeeds Paul Hewins, who retires after 25 years with the company.
  • Haden will set business strategy, deliver safety and financial results, and foster a value-based culture.
  • Haden brings 18 years of experience with Skanska, including roles as General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer.
  • Haden will report directly to Richard Kennedy, Skanska Group Executive Vice President.