Contractor says changes are key to firm’s future

Skanska has announced a raft of new appointments in the wake of two high profile departures from its building division.

It emerged the contractor’s UK buildings boss Paul Chandler and London and South-east buildings boss Paul Heather left last month.

In response, Skanska has given Gregor Craig executive responsibility for buildings, while Thomas Faulkner will oversee civls. Both are existing executive vice presidents at Skanska.

Andreas Lindelöf, managing director of Skanska’s development business, is also being replaced in the shake-up at the contractor.

His successor is Helen Martin (pictured, left), who previously held senior positions within Skanska’s infrastructure development business and has been Skanska UK’s lead on risk management.

Lindelöf will be moving to another role within the Skanska group.

Elsewhere, Martin Neeson (pictured, centre) has been promoted to executive vice president with responsibility for the firm’s services operations.

Neeson has been with Skanska for 15 years, the last four of which have seen him head up Skanska’s M&E operations under SRW engineering services. He is succeeded at SRW by Russell Hallmark (pictured, right), who has been promoted from business director.

Skanska has already replaced Paul Heather with former commercial director Steve Holbrook

Skanska UK president and chief executive Mike Putnam said: “These changes demonstrate yet again Skanska’s strength in nurturing and developing talent, rotating our people to harness their broader business experience, as well as our strong culture of promoting from within.”

“We remain focused on helping our customers deliver on their commitments. We have a robust, stable business and we perform consistently in the top tier of the sector. We also have the high-quality people to sustain that stability and maximise the opportunities that will present themselves over the next five years.”