KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--JE Dunn Construction Company, a $2.4 billion family and employee-owned national commercial contractor, has named Gordon Lansford, III its new President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2014. Lansford will be the first non-Dunn family CEO in the 90-year history of JE Dunn. He has been the Chief Financial Officer of JE Dunn for the last 15 years. Terry Dunn, previously the President and CEO of JE Dunn Construction Company, will remain CEO of JE Dunn Construction Group, the parent company of JE Dunn Construction Company. This executive leadership change is in alignment with an ongoing strategic transition plan facilitated by the company’s Board of Directors.
“This is a milestone event in the evolution of JE Dunn,” said Terry Dunn. “We have known that the next company CEO might not be a member of the Dunn family, so we have worked diligently to develop an executive leadership transition plan that will ensure excellent company leadership for years to come. Gordon’s strategic vision and understanding of our business will provide great value to all of our stakeholders.”
Lansford said, “To follow in the footsteps of the previous leaders of JE Dunn – Founder John Ernst Dunn, William H. Dunn, Sr. and Terry Dunn – is both humbling and challenging. I am excited to take on a responsibility of this magnitude, and I look forward to working with and for our employee-owners. Terry has been an outstanding leader and mentor to me, and I’m excited that he’ll be able to spend more time with his family and civic organizations.”
Also in accordance with the leadership transition plan developed by the company’s Board of Directors, which includes a set retirement age for Dunn family members, Bill Dunn, Jr., Executive Vice President, will be retiring at the end of 2013. He has worked for JE Dunn for 39 years in roles such as business development, purchasing and logistics.
“Bill Dunn, Jr.’s passion for JE Dunn is second to none. Everyone will miss working with him, but this next phase will provide more opportunity for him to spend time with his family and community,” Terry Dunn said.
About JE Dunn
JE Dunn Construction was founded in 1924 in Kansas City, Missouri. Today JE Dunn is the 12th largest general building contractor in the United States with offices in 20 locations. JE Dunn Construction is both family and employee owned. The foundation of its business continues to be its strong pillars of excellence: integrity, quality, wisdom, collaboration, safety, value, and sustainability. JE Dunn strives to be the best client-centered building partner in the United States in its ongoing pursuit of building perfection.