Lydia Kennard Named New President of KDG Development & Construction Consulting

KDG Construction Consulting begins the next chapter in an enduring legacy
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June 1, 2011 - PRLog -- After nearly 12 years of public service with Los Angeles World Airport eventually rising to the level of Executive Director, Lydia Kennard will return to KDG Development & Construction Consulting as its President and Chief Executive Officer.  KDG was founded in 1980 as an offshoot of the architectural firm that began in 1957 by Ms. Kennard’s late father, the renowned African-American architect Robert Kennard.  Jack Wickersham will continue in his current role as Chief of Operations.  Sam Reeves, who will step down as KDG’s President and CEO effective June 1st, will remain a member of the firm’s Board of Directors.

Since 1994, Sam Reeves has provided exceptional leadership to the firm including its transition from a commercial real estate development company to a full-service program and construction management firm.  KDG now provides a full range of construction services to clients such as the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the Port of Los Angeles, Nevada Energy and the Los Angeles Unified School District.  

“As we enter into this next chapter in the history of KDG, I would like to thank and recognize Sammi for his stewardship of KDG and the strategic re-positioning and growth he provided of over the past 17 years.  His energy, charisma, vision and caring nature will be greatly missed,” said Ms. Kennard.

“As we begin this transition, I look forward with great optimism toward the future.  We will work hard to broaden our service to existing clients and to serve new clients both locally and within new geographic regions.  At all times we will strive to maintain an industry reputation for the superb delivery of services, operate with the highest level of integrity in all areas of our involvement and remain continually committed to the best interest of our clients.” Kennard said.

Ms. Kennard holds a bachelor’s degree in urban planning and management from Stanford University, a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a juris doctorate from Harvard University.  Ms. Kennard served in various capacities at Los Angeles World Airports from 1994 through 2003 and returned in 2005 to early 2007 to undertake specific initiatives directed by then Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.   In 2007, Ms. Kennard returned to KDG to take an active role in both the marketing and financial management of the firm.  She also currently chairs the firm’s Board of Directors.  

KDG Construction Consulting is located in Los Angeles, California.  For more information, please visit www.kdg.net .
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