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Balfour Beatty appoints new engineering services boss

Balfour Beatty has appointed Network Rail’s Uma Shanker as the chief operating officer of its engineering services business.

Mr Shanker joins Balfour Beatty Engineering Services from Network Rail, where he was a project director in the infrastructure projects team.

He has led projects including the electrification upgrade of the West Coast Main Line.

Mr Shanker’s is the latest in a string of departures from the Network Rail infrastructure business.

Managing director Simon Kirby will join High Speed 2 in June before becoming its chief executive in September, while finance and commercial director David McLoughlin left to join Spencer Group earlier this year.

BBES said it created the new position to strengthen its national leadership team, with Mr Shanker reporting to BBES managing director Phil McGuire.

Mr Shanker will be responsible for broadening BBES’s portfolio of projects, developing its Modular Systems+ mechanical and electrical products business, and ensuring building information modelling is used on projects.

Mr McGuire said: “Uma’s appointment to this new role demonstrates our commitment to providing world‐class service through enhanced operational and design capabilities across our business.

“Uma will support effective operational delivery from design, through to developing our leading Modular Systems+ business, and will work closely with other parts of the Balfour Beatty group to ensure an integrated delivery model for complex infrastructure customers.”

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