Laing O'Rourke Appoints Paul Sheffield as Managing Director of Europe Hub [Manufacturing Close - Up]
(Manufacturing Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Laing O'Rourke appointed Paul Sheffield as managing director of the Group's Europe Hub, covering operations in Canada, United Kingdom and the Middle East.
In a release, the company noted Sheffield will serve on the Laing O'Rourke Group Executive Committee reporting to Anna Stewart, group chief executive and will take up his post in October 2014.
Sheffield joins the company following a 31-year career with Kier. Most recently he served as chief executive officer, stepping down in June 2014.
Group Chief Executive of Laing O'Rourke Anna Stewart said, "During this period of industry transformation, there is no better person to lead the development of Laing O'Rourke's Europe Hub than Paul Sheffield. He is a proven leader with hard core engineering and construction skills, industry vision and the ability to unite people behind that vision. His passion for how the construction industry can positively influence the world around us is exactly what Laing O'Rourke needs as we enter our next chapter of innovation and growth.
"With a broad executive remit, he will spearhead the Europe Hub strategy to get closer to our customers by delivering the inherent benefits of our unique business offering. As one of the few remaining civil engineers to lead a major international contractor, his experience of successfully running complex businesses will greatly benefit the Group as we evolve our strategic focus towards expanding the opportunities to deploy our Design for Manufacture and Assembly approach."
Chairman of Laing O'Rourke Ray O'Rourke said, "We are absolutely delighted that Paul has agreed to join us and lead the development of our international businesses across the Europe Hub. He is one of the leading figures in our industry and has an outstanding reputation in business development, corporate leadership and construction delivery. The opportunity ahead for Laing O'Rourke is huge, but in order to seize it, we must have clear focus, move at pace, while continually innovating and transforming our customer offering. Paul possesses the skills and experience to help make this happen and the Board is looking forward to working with him."
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