In his new role, effective from 1 January 2009, Mr McNaughton will oversee Balfour Beatty's construction and engineering activities in the UK, the Gulf Region, South-East Asia and the group's worldwide rail business.
He will report to chief executive Ian Tyler who, in addition to his overall responsibilities for the strategic development of the group, will retain direct line management responsibility for the group's interests in the US, its professional and technical services business and for the group's central staff functions.
Mr Tyler said: “I am delighted to announce Andrew's appointment, which reflects the need to create an appropriate Board and senior management structure to direct and manage the continuing long-term growth of the Group.”
Mr McNaughton, 44, is a chartered civil engineer, a member of the Institute of Civil Engineering and a board member of the Major Projects Association. He joined Balfour Beatty in 1997 and has undertaken a series of increasingly senior roles, most recently as Group Managing Director with responsibility for the civil engineering activities of the Group in the UK and the Middle East.