Bev Dew, aged 43, joins from Balfour Beatty, where he has been the finance director of the regional construction business in the UK since June 2013. Before this, he was chief financial officer of the UK and CEMEA engineering and construction businesses at Lend Lease between September 2008 and December 2012.
Kier chief executive Haydn Mursell said: "I am delighted to be able to announce that Bev will be joining us in the New Year and I look forward to welcoming him to Kier.
"Bev has an excellent track record and a breadth of sector knowledge, having worked in the industry over a number of years. I am confident that Bev will make a significant contribution to the board and to the delivery of our growth strategy, Vision 2020."