Skanska names new infrastructure development chief

Johan Henriksson, who currently heads the Swedish developer's Latin American unit, has been promoted with a mission to grow the group’s PPP business.

Stockholm-based Skanska has appointed Johan Henriksson to lead its infrastructure development (ID) team.

Henriksson, who has worked in a variety of leadership positions within the construction company for 20 years, will take on the title of Skanska ID's executive vice president (EVP) in January 2016. He will be responsible for expanding the developer's public-private partnership (PPP; P3) business, which has already been awarded contracts for three of the largest P3 projects in history.

Most recently, Henriksson has been leading Skanska's winding down of operations in Latin America as president and chief executive of Skanska Latin America. Prior to that, he served as chief financial officer (CFO) for Skanska ID, where he was responsible for the accounting and reporting of the firm's investments in concessions companies worldwide. Henriksson also previously served as CFO for Skanska USA's civil division, managing more than 100 staff members in the accounting and finance department.

“Johan's years of experience executing successful projects around the world will bring tremendous value and leadership to Skanska ID North America,” said Steve Sams, Skanska ID president, in a statement. “Johan's expertise will be integral to our growth and expansion as the US PPP market continues to develop and mature as a creative solution to America's infrastructure issues.” 

Skanska is a member of the consortium that won a contract to develop the New York City-based LaGuardia Airport central terminal building revitalisation project in May, and has also worked on projects including the I-4 Ultimate Project in Orlando, Florida, and the Elizabeth River Tunnels project in Virginia.

The firm has delivered more than 30 successful PPP projects to date in the transportation, energy and social infrastructure sectors.