Richard J. Dugas, Jr., is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of PulteGroup, Inc., the nation’s most geographically and product-diverse homebuilder with operations in 29 states.
Since July 2003, Richard J. Dugas, Jr. has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of PulteGroup, 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 homebuilding 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 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, Mr. Dugas was named to the Board of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
In 2009, the company, then known as Pulte Homes Inc., bought rival Centex — creating the nation's largest homebuilding company — in a stock transaction worth $3.1 billion, including $1.8 billion of debt.  Pulte completed the acquisition of Centex February 23, 2010.