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Skanska reveals new UK buildings boss

Skanska has appointed Katy Dowding as executive vice-president to oversee its building operations.

Ms Dowding has stepped up as executive vice-president with immediate effect to replace Gregor Craig following his appointment as the firm’s CEO.

As well as leading on Skanska’s building operations, she will also oversee the group’s SRW engineering services.

Mr Craig took over from the group’s previous leader Mike Putnam, who has stepped down but will continue in a non-executive director role.

Ms Dowding joined the firm in 2003 as commercial manager and has since held a number of positions within the business.

Since 2012 she has been managing director of the group’s facilities management arm.

Prior to this, Ms Dowding was operations director in the same division for nine months and its business director from January 2011 to December 2011.

Before joining Skanska, she was previously with Tarmac and Carillion for 15 years.

Alongside Ms Dowding’s move to vice-president, Skanska has also announced a raft of other senior-level appointments.

Adam McDonald is to step into Ms Dowding’s former role as managing director of the firm’s facilities management business.

Mr McDonald moves up from his previous role as commercial director for SRW engineering services division, which he has held for three years.

Terry Elphick has been appointed as managing director for Skanska’s work at Battersea Power Station.

The group landed the contract to deliver phase two of the development in 2014.

Mr Elphick was previously managing director of the group’s building operations outside of London and will be succeeded by Cameron Foley.

Mr Foley moves from his previous role as operations director. Prior to this, he was managing director of Cementation Skanska.

Mr Craig said those appointed had shown “outstanding operational performance”.

He said: “Once again we have been able to make these important senior appointments from within Skanska and show the remarkable strength in depth we have in the company.

“It is a clear demonstration of our robust succession planning and our firm commitment to developing our people, providing excellent opportunities for personal growth across the business.”

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