As Executive Vice President and chief strategy officer (CSO), Jigisha Desai is responsible for developing, executing, communicating, and sustaining Granite’s strategic plan & corporate growth initiatives. She is responsible for accelerating strategic growth and driving company transformation through a disciplined yet innovative approach.
Her career spans more than 30 years of varied experience in financial management, business leadership and corporate strategy. During her tenure, Jigisha has successfully established and grown Granite’s long-term relationships with a diversified group of lenders, sureties, insurance markets and financial advisors. She has overseen several successful mergers and acquisitions directly contributing to Granite’s growth and success in the construction industry.
Throughout her career at Granite, Jigisha has served in various capacities including vice president of corporate finance and treasurer, vice president and treasurer, assistant treasurer, and treasury manager. Most recently, as CFO she was responsible for all Granite’s financial functions including all corporate finance teams, investor relations, risk management, information technology, and corporate development. This depth of knowledge and real-life experience on Granite’s front lines make Jigisha, as CSO, a trusted expert and advisor to the PEO, the Board, investors and shareholders. She was awarded Granite’s Outstanding Leader Award in 2018 in recognition of her success.
Jigisha is a board member of both ARTBA (“American Road and Transportation Building Association”) and 1st Capital Bank. She is also a member of the Association of Financial Professionals (AFP), and a Certified Treasury Professional. Jigisha is also Granite’s representative for Granite’s Peruvian and Chilean Affiliates Board.
Jigisha holds a Master of Business Administration in Corporate Finance from Golden Gate University, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Houston. In 2016 she completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.
Jigisha is the co-executive sponsor of GROW, Granite’s employee resource group focusing on women in construction. She is a keynote speaker and mentor with WELI (Women’s Education & Leadership Institute) as well as a LeanUpward mentor and a member of Women in Construction (WIC).