Balfour Beatty Announces Executive Appointments for National Executive Team

Richard Ryan and Jenni Kelley will serve as members of Balfour Beatty's national executive leadership team where they join leaders who manage companywide functions that provide strategic oversight and support to teammates, clients, and partners, the company said.

Dallas-based construction company Balfour Beatty announced it has appointed Richard Ryan to senior vice president, National Safety and Sustainability and Jenni Kelley to senior vice president, chief financial officer of the company’s U.S. Civils business.

Ryan and Kelley will serve as members of Balfour Beatty’s national executive leadership team where they join leaders who manage companywide functions that provide strategic oversight and support to teammates, clients, and partners, the company said.

“We are proud to appoint Richard and Jenni to our national executive leadership team,” Eric Stenman, Balfour Beatty chief executive officer, said in a statement. “As teammates of the company for two decades, their ongoing, people-first commitment to their teams and our clients has garnered inspiration and success throughout our company’s operations. I am honored to have Richard and Jenni as leadership partners as we continue to strive for operational excellence, build a company culture that promotes diversity and inclusion, and remain relentless allies in our communities.”

‘An outstanding champion for safety’

Ryan is a 40-year construction veteran with experience in the industry’s operations in England, Ireland, and the U.S.

As senior vice president, National Safety and Sustainability of the company’s Buildings and Civils businesses, Ryan ensures Balfour Beatty continuously improves safety and sustainability practices by creating safe and environmentally responsible workplaces for teammates, industry partners and the public, the company said.

He also leads efforts that reduce workplace injuries with the goal of achieving zero harm and enhances Balfour Beatty’s impact on the environment by working with supply chain partners, clients, and communities.

A Balfour Beatty teammate since 2001, Ryan has attained what the company called “an unsurpassed understanding of how to successfully manage and deliver large-scale, complex and progressive delivery-model projects while being an outstanding champion for safety.”

Known in the company for his executive leadership, Ryan has overseen some of the company’s largest federal and healthcare sector projects to date, including Penn Medicine’s new Pavilion in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center expansion and renovation, as well as the National Institutes of Health – Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Focus on finance

Kelley, a CPA with more than 20 years of corporate finance experience, oversees finance operations for Balfour Beatty’s U.S. Civils business. She began her career in construction traveling worldwide to offices and projects for Ernst & Young’s Assurance practice.

During her tenure at Balfour Beatty, Kelley successfully led teams through reorganizations, system conversions, and finance transformations by leveraging her expertise in finance reporting, accounting, treasury, and financial systems. 

Balfour Beatty is an industry-leading provider of general contracting, at-risk construction management and design-build services for public and private sector clients across the United States.

Performing heavy civil and vertical construction, the company is part of Balfour Beatty plc, a leading international infrastructure group that provides innovative and efficient infrastructure, supports communities, and enables economic growth.

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