Putnam is succeeded by Skanska executive Gregor Craig

Skanska UK’s long-standing chief executive Mike Putnam has stepped down to be replaced by the firm’s infrastructure and building boss Gregor Craig.

Putnam (pictured left), who has worked for 25 years at Skanska, the last seven as chief executive, said he was leaving to build “a portfolio of non-executive directorship positions”. Putnam will continue on at Skanska UK as a non-executive director.

Craig (pictured right) has been on Skanska UK’s executive management team since 2015 and oversaw its infrastructure and building operations. He replaces Putnam as chief executive with immediate effect.

Craig first joined Skanska in 2003 as operations director for the company’s London commercial building division, having spent the earlier part of his career at John Laing, Wates and Carillion, in both operational and commercial roles.

Putnam is currently co-chair of the government’s Green Construction Board and a member of the Construction Leadership Council. A Skanska spokesperson confirmed he still holds these roles, adding: “Any changes to Mike’s involvement in those organisations will be communicated at the appropriate time”.

Putnam said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time leading an amazing organisation, with amazing people. I am very proud of the inclusive and caring culture we have created over the last few years, which I believe is unique in the UK. I am also excited about the next phase of my career, while maintaining strong links with Skanska.”

Craig said: “I am incredibly proud and excited to be given the opportunity to lead Skanska UK. We have built a great reputation within the industry and we are brimming with hard-working, ambitious and talented people. Even with our current industry-leading performance, I believe that we have still more potential to demonstrate to our customers and I look forward to playing my part to unleash it.”

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.”