Granite Construction Inc. announced the appointment of Kyle T. Larkin as president and principal executive officer, as well as the upcoming retirement of President and Chief Executive Officer James H. Roberts. These changes were effective Sept. 22.
Larkin has been an integral part of Granite’s evolution and growth since joining the company in 1996, and since February 2020, has been responsible for day-to-day operations of the company as executive vice president and chief operating officer.
“The board of directors has the utmost confidence in Kyle Larkin’s ability to lead Granite and execute the company’s strategy,” said Claes G. Bjork, chairman of the board of directors. “On behalf of both the board of directors and Granite’s management team, we thank Jim Roberts for his many decades of dedicated service and wish him all the best in his upcoming retirement from Granite. We believe Kyle’s strategic focus and vision will build upon Granite’s success as an industry leader as the company nears its 100th year. Mike McNally, our incoming chairman of the board and retired CEO of Skanska USA, and I look forward to working with Kyle as he transitions into his new role.”
Prior to his role as executive vice president and chief operating officer, Larkin held a variety of positions with successive responsibility within the company, including serving as senior vice president and group manager from 2017 to 2019. Larkin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Roberts is expected to remain with the company for a period of time as chief executive officer emeritus, reporting directly to Larkin, to aid in a seamless transition. As required by the company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines, Roberts has also retired from the company’s board of directors.