Minneapolis-based Adolfson & Peterson Construction, a construction management firm and general contractor, has named Ben Saukko the company’s new director of communications. In his new role, Saukko will support and activate AP’s business strategy through internal, external and executive communications.
Saukko has 24 years of experience in corporate communications, public relations and marketing. He most recently worked for AmeriPride Services, where he built a robust communications program that contributed to the growth and long-term stability of the organization. During his time there, he also led integration communications related to the company’s monumental merger with Aramark.
Prior to AmeriPride, Saukko served as an agency executive at Weber Shandwick Worldwide, planning and implementing strategic communications campaigns for high-profile organizations such as MasterCard, H&R Block, Deluxe and Merrill.
“I’m excited to join AP in this new role,” said Saukko. “The company has a strong and well-earned reputation in the construction industry, and I look forward to further building and maintaining that brand among clients, prospects, partners, and other key stakeholders in the firm’s growing market footprint.”
Saukko has received industry awards for media relations, crisis communications and corporate responsibility, and he serves as Secretary/Treasurer on the Minnesota Public Relations Society of America board of directors.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, and he received his Accreditation in Public Relations in 2017. He also volunteers and serves on the boards of several nonprofits in Minnesota.