HDR Appoints New CEO

HDR, a member of Bio Nebraska, announced that it has named John Henderson as its new chief executive officer.

Announcement from HDR

HDR, a global employee-owned architecture and engineering firm, has named its new chief executive officer.

President and Chief Operating Officer John Henderson succeeds Chairman and CEO Eric Keen, who will continue as chairman of the company’s board of directors. Replacing Henderson as president and COO is Neil Graff, who previously served as the firm’s director of U.S. and North America operations.

The planned transition will maintain HDR’s success in delivering multidisciplinary design services for clients and communities throughout the world.

“Eric’s deep commitment to employees, clients and our industry has strengthened the company’s stature,” said Dick Bell, former chairman, CEO and current board member. “And with John’s appointment, HDR has another leader who has the skills, experience and personal qualities to keep our company a driving force to maintain HDR’s outstanding success.”

Keen is handing over the CEO role after six years at the helm. He has held numerous positions at the company for the past 30 years. As CEO, he led the company through eight acquisitions, overseeing continuous revenue growth and the addition of over 2,600 employees.

Henderson becomes just the ninth CEO in the company’s 107-year history.

“It is an honor to build on the legacy of HDR,” Henderson said. “While many companies say they are unique, our broad-based employee ownership structure is the foundation of HDR’s competitive advantage. Together, HDR will find solutions to our communities’ greatest challenges.”