CHESHIRE, CT – The Lane Construction Corporation (Webuild Group) has named Rita Phillip Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I), a new role as part of the Company’s continued efforts to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace. Rita will combine strategy and execution, including interfacing with senior leaders and operational teams, clients, professional services groups, and community organizations, and make data-driven decisions to bring about real organizational change.
“Rita, whose passion is without boundaries, will bring a laser-focused approach to our diversity and inclusion goals,” said Mark Schiller, President and CEO, The Lane Construction Corporation. “DE&I isn’t something that is led by one person or function, it is something that needs to be embedded in a company’s culture to be sustainable, and given Rita’s experience and knowledge in this arena, I am confident she will be successful in helping influence and lead this important change at Lane.”
“I look forward to this exciting opportunity and am proud to work with a company that has taken the first and very important step toward their commitment to DE&I,” said Rita Phillip. “My goal is to make DE&I accessible to everyone by celebrating our workforce’s differences and the unique contributions that each of us brings to the table – whether it’s racial, cultural, linguistic, gender, age or lived experiences – and help them bring their authentic selves to the workplace.”
Phillip brings more than 20 years of knowledge and experience working in DE&I. Most recently she was supporting the Texas High Speed Rail project, a joint venture between Lane and parent company, Webuild Group, as the Director of Business Diversity and Workforce Development. Previously, she worked at other companies in similar capacities, including Zachry as the Corporate DE&I and Compliance Officer. She has received numerous awards and accolades over the years, including the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Champion of Change Award.
About Lane Construction
The Lane Construction Corporation is one of America’s leading construction companies, specializing in large, complex civil infrastructure. For over 130 years, it has contributed to the development of the country’s transportation systems including the Interstate Highway and a vast network of roads, bridges, airports, metros and railways. Lane specializes in mobility, tunneling, water and wastewater treatment plants to address sustainable development and climate change adaptation challenges. It is also a pioneer in project delivery methods and the use of design-build and public-private partnerships. Lane projects include the C-43 West Basin Storage Reservoir in Florida, an Everglades restoration effort; I-10 Corridor Express Lanes in California; the LYNX Blue Line Extension in North Carolina; the Anacostia River Tunnel in Washington, D.C.; the I-395 Express Lanes Extension in Virginia; and the Unionport Bridge Replacement in Bronx, New York. Based in Cheshire, Connecticut, it is wholly owned by Webuild, a global infrastructure group. For more information, visit www.laneconstruct.com. For more details about the parent company, visit webuildgroup.com.
About Webuild Group
Webuild, the new group born in 2020 from Salini Impregilo, is a leading global player in the construction of large, complex projects for sustainable mobility, clean hydro energy, clean water, green buildings, supporting clients in achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs). The Group is the expression of 115 years of engineering experience applied in 50 countries on five continents with 70,000 direct and indirect employees from more than 100 nationalities. Recognized for five years by Engineering News-Record (ENR) as the world leader in water infrastructure (such as dams, hydraulic tunnels, water and wastewater management, and water treatment and desalination plants), it ranks since 2018 among the top 10 in the environment sector and it is also leader in sustainable mobility (especially metro and rail lines, in addition to roads and bridges). A signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, the Group’s expertise is displayed in projects such as the M4 metro line in Milan, Grand Paris Express, Cityringen in Copenhagen, Sydney Metro Northwest, Red Line North Underground in Doha, Line 3 of the Riyadh Metro and the high-speed railways in Italy. Other projects include the new Genoa Bridge and the Long Beach International Gateway (formerly the Gerald Desmond Bridge) in Long Beach, California, the expansion of the Panama Canal, the Snowy 2.0 hydroelectric power station in Australia, the Rogun hydroelectric dam in Tajikistan, the Anacostia River and Northeast Boundary tunnels in Washington, D.C. and the Al Bayt 2022 World Cup stadium in Qatar. In 2020, the Group’s total order backlog reached €41.7 billion, with 89% of the backlog of construction orders involving projects that support the SDGs set by the United Nations. Webuild, subject to direction and coordination by Salini Costruttori SpA, is headquartered in Italy and is listed on the Milan Stock Exchange (Borsa Italiana: WBD; Reuters: WBD.MI; Bloomberg: WBD:IM).