Granite Veteran James D. Richards to Lead Heavy Civil Group

WATSONVILLE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Granite Construction Incorporated (NYSE: GVA) today announced that James D. Richards (“Dave”), a 28-year veteran with the Company, will serve as Senior Vice President of the Heavy Civil Group. Reporting to Granite President and Chief Executive Officer, James H. Roberts, Richards succeeds Dale Swanberg, effective October 25, 2019.

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James D. (Dave) Richards (Photo: Business Wire)

James D. (Dave) Richards (Photo: Business Wire)

Richards most recently served as Granite’s Senior Vice President and Northwest Group Manager where he was responsible for providing leadership, operational oversight and strategic direction for the construction and construction materials business spread over six geographic regions spanning from Alaska to Arizona.

“Dave’s tremendous operational experience, dedication to safety and highly disciplined leadership style will serve him well as leader of our Heavy Civil Group,” said Granite President and CEO, James H. Roberts. “He has a proven track record of successfully executing large construction projects as well as leading teams in our vertically-integrated businesses.”

“I am appreciative of this opportunity and am ready to hit the ground running,” said Richards. “My immediate focus will be on assessing risks and opportunities in our Heavy Civil portfolio as well as applying proven practices designed to improve our operational assessment, forecasting, project selection and overall financial performance.”

Prior to joining Granite, Richards served as a U.S. Army Officer and received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University.

About Granite

Granite is America’s Infrastructure Company™. Incorporated since 1922, Granite (NYSE:GVA) is one of the largest diversified construction and construction materials companies in the United States as well as a full-suite provider in the transportation, water infrastructure and mineral exploration markets. Granite’s Code of Conduct and strong Core Values guide the Company and its more than 7,000 employees to uphold the highest ethical standards. In addition to being one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for ten consecutive years, Granite is an industry leader in safety and an award-winning firm in quality and sustainability. For more information, visit, and connect with Granite on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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