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Kier shakes up leadership with new chief operating officer role

Kier has anounced Steve Bowcott will fill a new chief operating officer role to be created following the completion of its merger with May Gurney.

It said the role was being created to “further strengthen Kier’s operating processes across the enlarged group and ensure that they are implemented in a cohesive and consistent way”.

Current head of construction Mr Bowcott was appointed to the Kier board in July 2010 as director responsible for the construction division.

He will be responsible for the operational efficiency of both the construction and the services divisions within the enlarged group.

Group finance director, Haydn Mursell, will assume operational responsibility for the property division, in addition to his current responsibilities.

As a result of these changes, Ian Lawson, a member of the board since 2005, has retired as a director. Kier said he would “remain available” to the business for a periof of three months.

Kier chairman Phil White said: “On behalf of the board and everyone at Kier, I would like to thank Ian for his hard work and dedication to the business in a number of roles and over many years. I wish him the very best for the future.

“The introduction of the COO role, together with clearly defined roles and responsibilities for each of the executive directors and an experienced senior management team, will enable the business to continue to deliver a strong trading performance which will, in turn, provide a sound platform for future growth.”

May Gurney and Kier shareholders have approved the merger, which is expected to be completed on 8 July.

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