Richard J. Dugas, Jr., is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of PulteGroup, Inc., the nation’s most geographically and product diverse homebuilder.
Since July 2003, Richard J. Dugas, Jr. has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Pulte Group, having been named to the position at the age of 38 – at the time, the youngest CEO of any Fortune 500 company. In August 2009, Mr. Dugas was named Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer following PulteGroup’s successful merger with Centex Corporation, creating America’s largest home building company. The expanded Company serves all major customer segments through its family of brands that includes Pulte Homes, Centex and Del Webb. Prior to mid-2003, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Company.
Since 1994, Mr. 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.
Mr. Dugas also served as City President and Market Manager for PulteGroup’s Atlanta Division and, earlier, as Process Improvement Vice President. In this role, he was responsible for driving system-wide process upgrades via two major national initiatives.
Prior to joining PulteGroup, Mr. Dugas worked for PepsiCo in process improvement and plant operational efficiency, and at Exxon Company USA in marketing, retail and customer service functions.
Mr. Dugas is a graduate of Louisiana State University and in 2007 was inducted into the LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction. He currently serves as one of four CEO advisors to the Leading Builders of America.