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Colas brings in former Kier MD and Bouygues director

Former Kier infrastructure managing director Jag Paddam and former Bouygues UK director Stephen Leo have joined Colas in two new roles.

Mr Paddam (pictured) has been made associate director with responsibility for Colas UK Projects, as its French parent company Colas Group looks to expand its presence in the UK.

Mr Leo, who was UK business development director at Bouygues, will become head of preconstruction for Colas.

A Colas spokesperson said the appointments would strengthen its infrastructure delivery business and help it win more infrastructure maintenance, operation and investment contracts, while diversifying from its traditional work on highways and airfields.

Colas executive director for strategic projects Carl Fergusson said: “These senior appointments are a clear statement of our intent to strengthen Colas’ position in the UK capital projects sector.”

Mr Paddam left Kier last September following a management shake-up, having been with the company for three years.

Prior to that he was managing director for infrastructure at Morgan Sindall for almost eight years.

Mr Leo worked as business development director for Bouygues until August last year.

Prior to that, he worked in business development and as a technical director for WSP.

A spokesperson for Colas confirmed that both men have taken up their positions at the firm.

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