Kiewit Corp., Omaha, Neb., has been named to the 2011 list of North American Top Companies for Leaders, the most comprehensive study of organizational leadership in the world. Honorees are chosen through a comprehensive process conducted by Aon Hewitt, the global human resource consulting and outsourcing business of Aon Corp., in partnership with The RBL Group, a strategic human resources and leadership systems advisory firm, and Fortune magazine.

An expert panel of independent judges selected and ranked 25 winners among more than 470 companies, based on criteria including strength of leadership practices and culture, examples of leader development on a global scale, impact of leadership in communities in which they operate, business performance and company reputation.

According to Kiewit’s vice president of human resources, Michael Geary, the company spends about six times the industry average on employee training, and long has been noted for its extensive commitment to leadership development. “We believe in and continuously invest in our people at all levels of the business,” Geary says. “As a company, we don’t seek external recognition. However, we can use this as an opportunity to benchmark how our leaders and processes compare to the best, regardless of the industry.”

Kiewit is one of North America’s largest construction and engineering organizations. With its roots dating back to 1884, the employee-owned company operates through a network of offices in the United States, Canada and abroad. Kiewit offers construction and engineering services in a variety of markets including transportation, water/wastewater, heavy civil, power, oil, gas and chemical, building and mining.