Granite announced that effective Dec. 1, James A. Radich will be appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO). As COO, Radich will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company and will provide the leadership to ensure that the appropriate reporting procedures, people, and systems are in place to meet the operating requirements and financial goals of the company. Radich will join the executive committee and will report to Granite President and Principal Executive Officer Kyle Larkin.
“As a Granite veteran, Jim has a deep understanding of our business and culture, and he has a track record of delivering results,” said Larkin. “In his most recent role leading our California operations, he steadily grew the core construction and materials business while expanding our alternative procurement project portfolio, and he significantly increased our presence in the private works arena. He is a well-respected leader who I am pleased to welcome to the executive team. I look forward to our continued collaboration and partnership.”
Since joining Granite in 1980, Radich has served in a progression of leadership roles across diverse end markets including tunneling, marine work, structures, underground and earthwork. Prior to this appointment, Radich served as senior vice president and California group manager. From 1993 to 2011, Radich was employed outside of Granite. He is a proven leader and was named Granite’s 2020 Outstanding Leader, a recognition of individual achievement and embodiment of Granite’s core values.
Radich will be based in Watsonville, Calif. He received a B.S. in civil engineering from Santa Clara University, and is a registered civil engineer in California.
Granite also named Brian R. Dowd as senior vice president and California group manager, effective Jan. 1, 2021. Dowd currently serves as vice president of Granite’s Nevada region and is a 34-year veteran of the company.
“Brian is a dynamic leader that will help guide our California operations continued growth as we work to meet the needs of all of our public and private clients,” said Larkin.
In this role, Dowd will provide operational oversight and strategic direction and will be responsible for setting the vision and standards for financial, safety and environmental performance, business growth, and employee development throughout California’s construction and construction materials businesses. Dowd will report to Radich, and will also be based at Granite headquarters in Watsonville, Calif.
Since 1986, Dowd has served in various estimating, project management and leadership roles across the company. In addition to his operational experience, Dowd has held corporate positions as leader of Granite’s employee development initiative, and vice president of human resources. In 2007, he transitioned back to operations where he was the regional manager in Sacramento and successfully guided the region through one of the toughest economic climates Granite has experienced.
Dowd holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a registered engineer in the states of California and Nevada.