Granite Construction Incorporated

Board of Directors

William H. Powell

Director since 2004
William Powell Mr. Powell has served as our Chairman of the Board since September 2009. Mr. Powell retired in 2006 from National Starch and Chemical Company where he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since 1999. Accordingly, he also stepped down as a director of ICI PLC and American Chemistry Council. Currently he is the Chairman, Board of Trustees of State Theatre Performing Arts Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey and serves as a director of Arch Chemical Company, Inc. and PolyOne, Inc. Mr. Powell holds a B.A. degree in Chemistry and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an M.A. in Business Administration from the University of North Dakota. 


James H. Roberts

Director since 2011
James Roberts Mr. Roberts joined Granite in 1981 and has served in various capacities, including President and Chief Executive Officer since September 2010. He also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from September 2009 to August 2010, Senior Vice President from May 2004 to September 2009, Granite West Manager from February 2007 to September 2009, Branch Division Manager from May 2004 to February 2007, Vice President and Assistant Branch Division Manager from 1999 to 2004, and Regional Manager of Nevada and Utah Operations from 1995 to 1999. Mr. Roberts served as Chairman of The National Asphalt Pavement Association in 2006. He received a B.S.C.E. and M.S.C.E. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. He also completed the Stanford Executive Program. 


Claes G. Bjork

Director since 2006
Claes Bjork Mr. Bjork served as Chief Executive Officer of Skanska AB, Sweden, one of the world's largest construction companies, from 1997 to 2002. He also served as President of Skanska USA from 1984 to 1996, Vice President from 1978 to 1985 and held various project management and field positions within Skanska USA and Skanska Sweden from 1969 to 1977. Mr. Bjork served as Chairman of Scancem Cement Company from 1998 through 2000 and is currently on the board of Qlik Technologies, Inc., the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce and Consolidated Management Group. He studied Civil Engineering in Sweden. 


James W. Bradford

Director since 2006
James Bradford Mr. Bradford has served in various capacities at Vanderbilt University, Owen School of Management. From March 2005 to present, he has served as Dean and Ralph Owen Professor for the Practice of Management. Between 2002 and March 2005, he served as Acting Dean, Associate Dean Corporate Relations, Clinical Professor of Management and Adjunct Professor. Between 1999 and September 2001, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Glass Corporation, and from 1992 to 1999, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of AFG Industries. Mr. Bradford is currently a director of Genesco, Inc. and Clarcor, Inc. He holds a B.A. degree in History and Political Science from the University of Florida and a J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University. 


Gary M. Cusumano

Director since 2005
Gary Cusumano Mr. Cusumano retired in 2006 as Chairman of The Newhall Land and Farming Company, a developer of new towns and master-planned communities in north Los Angeles County, in which capacity he served since Lennar and LNR Properties acquired Newhall Land in 2004. Prior to the acquisition, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Newhall Land from 1989 to 2001, Chief Executive Officer from 2001 to 2004, and director since 1995. He is currently a director of Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries and Simpson Manufacturing Co. Mr. Cusumano holds a B.S. degree in Economics from the University of California, Davis and is a graduate of the Sloan Program at the Stanford University Business School. 


William G. Dorey

Director since 2005
William Dorey Mr. Dorey has been an employee of Granite since 1968 and has served in various capacities, including Chief Executive Officer since January 2004 and President since February 2003. He also served as Chief Operating Officer between May 1998 and January 2004, Executive Vice President between November 1998 and February 2003, Senior Vice President between 1990 and 1998, Manager, Branch Division from 1987 to 1998, and Vice President and Assistant Manager, Branch Division from 1983 to 1987. Mr. Dorey has been a director of Granite since January 2004 and is also a director of Wilder Construction Company. Between 1997 and 2002, he served as a director of TIC Holdings, Inc. Mr. Dorey holds a B.S. degree in Construction Engineering from Arizona State University. 


David H. Kelsey

Director since 2003
David Kelsey

Mr. Kelsey has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sealed Air Corporation, an S&P 500 manufacturer of specialty packaging for food and other protective applications, since December 2003 and served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer between January 2002 and December 2003. From 1998 to 2001, he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Oglebay Norton Company, a Russell 3000 company in the industrial mineral and aggregates industry. Mr. Kelsey holds a B.S.E. degree in Civil and Geological Engineering from Princeton University and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Business.



Rebecca A. McDonald

Director since 1994
Rebecca McDonald

Ms. McDonald has served as Chief Executive Officer of Laurus Energy Inc. since December 2008. She previously served as President of Gas and Power, BHP Billiton from March 2004 to September 2007 and was the President of the Houston Museum of Natural Science from October 2001 to January 2004. Ms. McDonald holds a B.S. degree in Education from Stephen F. Austin State University.



Gaddi Vasquez

Director since 2012
Gaddi Vasquez

Mr. Vasquez has served as Senior Vice President of Public Affairs of Southern California Edison, one the nation’s largest investor owned energy companies principally serving Southern California, since 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Vasquez was Division Vice President of Public Affairs at Southern California Edison from 1995-2006. Mr. Vasquez served as Executive Director of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands in 2009. Mr. Vasquez served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies based in Rome, Italy from 2006-2009. Mr. Vasquez also served as Director of the U.S. Peace Corps from 2002-2006. We believe that Mr. Vasquez’s executive level experience and his experience in public service qualify him to serve on our Board. Mr. Vasquez holds a B.A. degree in Public Service Management from the University of Redlands and honorary doctorate degrees from Houghton College, Walsh University, University of La Verne and Chapman University.