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AECOM appoints Lydia Kennard to its Board of Directors

AECOM appoints Lydia Kennard to its Board of Directors

 September 15, 2020

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Diverse senior leadership is key to a company's success.

AECOM has announced the appointment of Lydia H. Kennard to its Board of Directors.

A respected leader with deep industry expertise, Lydia currently serves as the President and CEO of KDG Construction Consulting, which provides program and construction management services to public and private clients throughout California and the Western United States. Since 2007, Lydia has also served as a founding principal of Airport Property Ventures, an operator and developer of general aviation facilities.

“It is a privilege to welcome Lydia Kennard to our Board of Directors,” said Douglas W. Stotlar, Chairman of AECOM’s Board of Directors. “Lydia brings impressive industry expertise and leadership experience to AECOM that will further strengthen and support the long-term success of our organization as the world’s premier infrastructure consulting firm.”

Lydia's professional career has spanned aviation, construction management, corporate law, real estate development and urban planning, as well as serving as a director and trustee for several publicly traded companies and nonprofit organizations. A Southern California native, she served as the Executive Director of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) from 1999 through 2003 and again from 2005 to early 2007.

Lydia currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Prologis, an industrial REIT, Freeport McMoRan, a natural resources company, and Healthpeak Properties, Inc., a healthcare REIT. She holds a juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School, a master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Management from Stanford University.

AECOM embraces its impressive female talent

Across the organization, women are working in senior positions. For example, President of AECOM, Lara Poloni, a longstanding member of the AECOM team, has served in several key leadership roles including as Chief Executive of AECOM’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) from 2017 to 2020, and as Chief Executive of the Australia New Zealand business from 2014 to 2017.

Further women leaders - like Senior Vice President in the U.S. Wendy Lopez, or Executive in South Africa Kim Timm, or Director of Mechanical, Electrical & Public Health in the Middle East Cathy Christer, or VP of Digital Innovation Orla Pease - are helping forge AECOM's success.

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