Katy Dowding appointed Skanska UK’s first female CEO

Katy Dowding Skanska CEO
Katy Dowding starts in her new post on 2 May (Image: Skanska UK)

Katy Dowding has been appointed president and chief executive of Skanska’s business in the UK.

She takes over from Gregor Craig, who is to retire.

Dowding, who starts in her new role today, has a career at Skanska spanning over 20 years. Previous posts include managing director of Skanska UK’s facilities management operation and executive vice-president with responsibility for Skanska UK’s building and building services businesses,

A well-known figure in the UK construction industry, Dowding sits on the industry-level Construction Productivity Taskforce and is a former chair of the National Association of Women in Construction.

She is also the executive sponsor of Skanska UK’s Women’s and Pride employee networks. 

Commenting on her appointment, Dowding said: “We are very much focused on partnering with our customers and supply chain, helping to deliver on the big priorities for our industry, including improved productivity, greater diversity and inclusion, and a net-zero carbon future.” 

President and chief executive of Skanska Group, Anders Danielsson, added: “Katy has shown strong leadership skills during her career that spans more than 30 years in the industry. Her drive and desire to make an impact coupled with her inclusive leadership style is a great combination that can take Skanska UK to the next level.”

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