Gregor Craig has been appointed president and CEO of Skanska with immediate effect, replacing Mike Putnam who has decided to move on to develop a portfolio career of non-executive directorships.
Putnam, who has been with Skanska for more than 25 years, the last seven as President and CEO will continue to work with the company in a non-executive capacity, sup-porting the new president and CEO to take the UK business forward.
The company statement pointed out that during his time heading up Skanska’s UK business, which included the fallout from the global financial crisis, Putnam has led the company to deliver stable, industry-leading results.
He has also personally and passionately championed Skanska’s values such as green issues, diversity and inclusion, and health, safety and wellbeing, both within the company and across the UK construction industry. This has been recognised through his appointments as co-chair of the government’s Green Construction Board and as a member of the Construction Leadership Council.
Craig joined Skanska UK’s executive management team in 2015 and has had responsibility for both infrastructure and building operations. He joined Skanska in 2003 as operations director for the company’s London commercial building operation, having spent the earlier part of his career at John Laing, Wates and Carillion, in both operational and commercial roles.
Craig brings a wealth of experience to the role. He was managing director of two operating units, prior to joining the executive management team. He is also a member of Skanska’s global safety leadership team, a member of the Skanska infrastructure development board and, externally, a member of the Build UK board.
Before joining Skanska he was operations director of Carillion. He started his career with a construction degree from the university of Salford and an MBA from Rreading University.
Craig’s appointment demonstrates Skanska’s strong focus on succession planning and promoting from within the company.
Anders Danielsson, Skanska AB executive vice president, said: "I would like to thank Mike for his great contribution to Skanska over many years. He has decided that he wants to move to the next stage of his career and we wish him well."
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Image: Mike Putnam left and Gregor Craig right