TRAFALGAR Houses head of construction is jumping ship to Tarmac after 35 years at the firm.
Barry Myers, 51, will take up his new post next week as a main Tarmac board director in charge of the construction and professional services divisions.
Keith Clarke, chief executive of Eurorail and deputy managing director of Trafalgar House Corporate Development, took over from Mr Myers at Trafalgar House Construction on Tuesday. Mr Clarke is known to be an expert on private finance projects.
A Trafalgar House spokes-man denied that the departure of Mr Myers signalled any change of direction for its construction operations.
But Mr Myers was understood to be keen to keep hold of Trafalgar Houses house builder Ideal Homes, which was sold provisionally to Persimmon last week .
Mr Myers started his career in the building industry in 1961 with the Ideal Building Corporation, which was snapped up by Trafalgar House in 1967.
He became managing director of Trafalgar House Building and Civil Engineering Holdings which was renamed Trafalgar House Construction in 1986.
Before leaving he was responsible for worldwide construction activities, including all subsidiary and associate companies, with a combined turnover in excess of 1.65 billion.
Neville Simms, Tarmac group chief executive, said: Barrys experience in the construction sector is well matched to the task of running the services side of our business.
His appointment along with that of our new finance director Chris Bunker, strengthens the main board team.
Mr Myers is the second major industry figure among the top ten contractors to join a rival this month.
Peter Mason, chief executive of Balfour Beatty, started as Amec chief executive last week.
Meanwhile, Beazer Homes has pulled out of its bid to buy Trafalgar Houses house building arm, Ideal Homes, leaving the way open for Persimmon.
Beazer approached Trafalgar to bid again after Persimmon unveiled its 170 million bid at the end of last month. Last Friday, Beazer was told it could bid and was offered access to all information on Ideal, but it was on a tight timetable.
A Beazer spokeswoman said We felt it was not in our shareholders best interests to proceed. We couldnt get enough information in the less than three weeks which was available.