Balfour Beatty Announces Executive Appointments for US Operations

by Balfour Beatty

December 19, 2023

DALLAS – Balfour Beatty announces the appointments of Richard Ryan to senior vice president, National Safety and Sustainability and Jenni Kelley to senior vice president, chief financial officer of the company’s US Civils business. Additionally, Richard and Jenni serve as members of Balfour Beatty's national executive leadership team where they join leaders who manage companywide functions that provide strategic oversight and support to teammates, clients and partners.

Richard Ryan is a 40-year construction veteran with experience of the industry’s operations in England, Ireland and the U.S. As senior vice president, National Safety and Sustainability of the company’s Buildings and Civils businesses he ensures the company continuously improves safety and sustainability practices by creating safe and environmentally responsible workplaces for teammates, industry partners and the public. Additionally, he leads efforts that reduce workplace injuries with the goal of achieving Zero Harm and enhances Balfour Beatty’s impact on the environment by working with supply chain partners, clients and communities.   

A Balfour Beatty teammate since 2001, Richard Ryan has attained an unsurpassed understanding of how to successfully manage and deliver large-scale, complex and progressive delivery-model projects while being an outstanding champion for safety. He is known for his executive leadership and oversight of some of the company’s largest federal and healthcare sector projects to date, including Penn Medicine’s new Pavilion in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center expansion and renovation as well as the National Institutes of Health – Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

With over 20 years of corporate finance experience, Jenni oversees finance operations for Balfour Beatty’s US Civils business. Jenni began her career in construction traveling worldwide to offices and projects for Ernst & Young’s Assurance practice.

During her tenure at Balfour Beatty, she successfully led teams through reorganizations, system conversions and finance transformations by leveraging her expertise in finance reporting, accounting, treasury and financial systems. Jenni is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her bachelor’s degree in accounting and masters degree in finance and she maintains her status as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

“We are proud to appoint Richard and Jenni to our national executive leadership team,” said Eric Stenman, Balfour Beatty chief executive officer. “As teammates of the company for two decades, their ongoing, people-first commitment to their teams and our clients has garnered inspiration and success throughout our company’s operations. I am honored to have Richard and Jenni as leadership partners as we continue to strive for operational excellence, build a company culture that promotes diversity and inclusion and remain Relentless Allies in our communities.”