Laing O’Rourke stalwart Callum Tuckett is set to leave the contractor.
Mr Tuckett, currently commercial director at the group, was employed by John Laing before its construction arm was bought by Ray O’Rourke for £1 in 2001; he has been with the group in some capacity since 1992.
Mr Tuckett’s impending departure, which has not been confirmed by Laing O’Rourke, would come as a blow to the contractor.
He has previously worked as managing director of Laing O’Rourke Construction UK, commercial services director for Europe, and commercial director for Laing O’Rourke’s Middle East and South Asia portfolio of businesses from 2006 to 2009.
He had been identified as a future leader of the group, with one source describing him as its “golden boy”.
This year Laing O’Rourke has already revealed it will cut 200 jobs while it has also said it will consider the sale of its Australian arm.
Ray O’Rourke stepped back in as group chief executive in December when it was announced Anna Stewart would step down due to ill health.