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Keller appoints former Rolls-Royce director as new CEO

Keller has appointed former Rolls-Royce group operations director Alain Michaelis as its new chief executive.

Mr Michaelis will take over from Justin Atkinson on 14 May, following the outgoing CEO’s announcement last September that he would retire.

Mr Atkinson’s role as chairman of the executive committee will also be taken by Mr Michaelis at that date.

Keller announced this month it had generated record revenue of £1.6bn in 2014.

He has previously held senior leadership positions at Tenneco, a Tier 1 automotive supplier, and at Wolseley, the building products distributor, having begun his career as a mechanical engineer with Arup, working on building design projects.

Keller chairman Roy Franklin said: “Alain is a highly experienced senior executive who brings considerable understanding of the complex multinational environment in which Keller operates.

We are all looking forward to working with Alain and warmly welcome him to the Group. The Board would also like to take this opportunity to express their sincere appreciation to Justin for the very significant contribution that he has made during his eleven years as Chief Executive.”

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