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Bouygues UK CEO Madani Sow exits after eight years at helm

Bouygues UK chief executive and chairman Madani Sow has stepped down from his role after eight years with the company.

Deputy chief executive Olivier-Marie Racine has taken over as interim chairman of the company’s UK operations and Bouygues UK managing director Lionel Christolomme has been promoted as UK CEO.

Managing director for Bouygues subsidiary Thomas Vale, Craig Tatton, and Bouygues Development MD, Nicolas Guerin, will now report to Mr Racine.

A new full-time chairman will be appointed within the first quarter of 2016 and formally begin their role this summer.

It is understood that Mr Sow is in talks to take on a wider role with the global Bouygues Construction business.

Mr Sow has been with the wider Bouygues group since 1981 and was appointed as CEO and chairman of Bouygues UK in May 2008.

He is also a member of the Construction Leadership Council but it is currently unknown whether he will remain on the council or if he will be replaced.

He is the second CLC member to stand down in recent months, following Anna Stewart who announced that she was also leaving her role of CEO at Laing O’Rourke due to illness. She has also not yet been replaced on the CLC.

Mr Sow and Ms Stewart had responsibility on the council for supply chain/business models and skills, respectively.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Business, Skills and Innovation was unable to confirm when or whether either position would be filled.

The uncertainty around the future of the roles has raised concerns about how this will impact the CLC’s work.

“Clearly those two groups need a leader,” a senior source remarked, while another director-level source said it was concerning the roles had not yet been replaced.

Other members of the council include Crest Nicholson chief executive Stephen Stone and Skanska chief executive Mike Putnam.

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