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Laing O'Rourke targets 5% margin with new engineering, asset and commercial senior leadership team

Laing O’Rourke has unveiled its leadership team under three new operating arms of its European business.

The group has been undergoing a strategic review to determine its next five-year business strategy and operating plan as it closes out legacy projects.

The European business is split into three operating units: engineering enterprise; asset businesses; and commercial.

Its leadership teams are:

  • The Engineering Enterprise, comprising the group’s Construction and Infrastructure project delivery businesses, Expanded, The Middle East and Canada, is led by Paul Sheffield as managing director, reporting directly to Ray O’Rourke. Liam Cummins heads Construction, John Wilkinson – Infrastructure, Declan McGeeney – Expanded, and Mark Andrews – Middle East.
  • The Asset Businesses, comprising Explore Manufacturing, Crown House Technologies and Crown House Manufacturing, Select Plant and Logistics, and Procurement is led by Stephen Harley as managing director, again reporting directly to Ray O’Rourke. Nathan Dijkstra heads Concrete Products, Paul McNerney – Crown House Technologies, CHM, and Select, Jurrien Heynan – Logistics, and Andy Bacon – Procurement.
  • The Commercial Function is led by Barry Dye as the group commercial director and he is also a member of the group executive committee. Mr Dye has a number of direct reports across the Commercial Function including Work Winning, Commercial Management and Legal.

It said: “Based on the group’s confidence in the quality of the core UK market in construction, infrastructure and housing, and the growing maturity of the integrated business model, the business strategy and operating plan have been honed to deliver a clear pathway to a 5 per cent EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) by FY18 and beyond as an engineering enterprise and asset business (including manufacturing).”

The group confirmed its planned divestment of the Australia business is “progressing in line with expectations”.

The group executive consists of chairman and CEO Ray O’Rourke; deputy chairman Des O’Rourke; group finance director Stewart McIntyre; Paul Sheffield, Engineering Enterprise; Stephen Harley, Asset Business; Paul Westbury, Group Technical; Cathal O’Rourke, Australia; John O’Connor, Human Capital; Barry Dye, Group Commercial; Nick Jordan, company secretary; and Gerry Loftus, senior independent director.

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