LOS ANGELES-Kenji Hara has been named president and CEO of Kajima Construction Services, succeeding Masato Kashiwakura, who has returned to Japan for a new assignment at the firm’s parent company.

At the same time, Kajima has promoted Joe McGrath, former SVP for marketing, to executive vice president and chief operating officer. McGrath also will head the firms national marketing group.

Hara, who has been with Kajima for 23 years, has worked in both Japan and the United States, where he previously was an SVP in charge of nationwide U.S. operations. McGrath, a former general manager of the firm’s southwest region, has been in the construction industry for 30 years and has extensive experience in health care, pharmaceutical and high tech facilities.

The remainder of KCS’s core management group will remain unchanged, with Richard Nigro continuing as executive vice president and secretary and Katsushi Norihama as treasurer and assistant secretary.

Founded in 1840s, Kajima began as a family-owned business in the 1840s and now has more than 13,000 employees worldwide. The U.S. arm of the firm is headquartered in Rochelle Park, NJ, with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles.

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