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Atkins chief departs after SNC Lavalin takeover

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Atkins president Heath Drewitt will join Aggreko as chief financial officer (CFO) following the takeover of Atkins by SNC Lavalin.

Drewitt is expected to join power and heating provider Aggreko in the first quarter of 2018 after current chief financial officer Carole Cran leaves to take the same role Fourth Ports on 31 December. Cran announced her resignation on 6 June this year.

Atkins was taken over by Canadian consultant SNC Lavalin in April, creating a £7bn global firm with 53,000 employees.The acquisition boosted SNC Lavalin’s revenues in its third quarter results but costs for the quarter also went up, it was announced earlier this month. Atkins made 92 roles redundant in June this year, which it said was not linked to the takeover.

Aggreko chief executive Chris Weston said: ”Heath is an experienced CFO and proven leader and I look forward to working with him as we continue to position Aggreko for the future.”

Drewitt, a chartered accountant, spent 12 years at British Airways where he held a number of finance roles including group financial controller and head of business performance before becoming group finance director at WS Atkins. He helped negotiate the sale to SNC Lavalin before he became president of the Atkins business.

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