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Published on August 24th, 2016 |


PulteGroup CEO Richard Dugas to address BBA Aug. 25 on Atlanta housing market

Richard Dugas, president, chairman and CEO of Buckhead-based PulteGroup, will speak to the Buckhead Business Association’s breakfast meeting Thursday, Aug. 25, about the Atlanta housing market and doing business in Buckhead.

PulteGroup CEO Richard Dugas

PulteGroup CEO Richard Dugas

Dugas has served as chairman of the board of directors of PulteGroup since Aug. 18, 2009, and as chief executive officer since July 1, 2003, having been named to the position at the age of 38. At the time, he was the youngest CEO of any Fortune 500 company.

Dugas also served as president from July 1, 2003 to Feb. 15, 2016, at which time Ryan Marshall was named company president.

In August 2009, Dugas was named chairman, president and CEO following PulteGroup’s successful merger with Centex Corporation, creating America’s largest homebuilding company. The expanded Company serves all major customer segments through its family of brands that includes Pulte Homes, Centex and Del Webb.

Since 1994, Dugas (pronounced Doo-gah) has served in several management positions at PulteGroup. Prior to becoming COO in May 2002, he was Coastal Region President with responsibility for the Company’s Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee operations. In 2001, the Coastal Region was PulteGroup’s largest with approximately 3,400 closings and $650 million in revenues.

Dugas also served as city president and market manager for PulteGroup’s Atlanta Division and, earlier, as process improvement vice president. In that role, he was responsible for driving system-wide process upgrades via two major national initiatives.

Prior to joining PulteGroup, Dugas worked for PepsiCo in process improvement and plant operational efficiency, and at Exxon Company USA in marketing, retail and customer service functions.

He is a graduate of Louisiana State University and in 2007 was inducted into the LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction. He currently serves as Chairman of Leading Builders of America, an association of the country’s largest homebuilding companies focused on preserving home affordability for American families.

In January 2014, Dugas was named to the Board of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, following PulteGroup moving its headquarters to Buckhead.

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