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Carillion appoints new chief executive

Andrew Davies

Struggling contractor Carillion has appointed a new chief executive.

Andrew Davies will join Carillion as its new head on 2 April next year, leaving his current role as chief executive of Wates Group. Former Carillion boss Richard Howson stepped down in July after a shock profit warning which caused its share price to collapse.

The construction and support services company reported a £1.15bn loss in the first half of this year and a further writedown of £200M covering support services contracts. It has made a number of staff changes after the group finance director, chief operating officer, managing director of construction services and managing director of services left last month.

Carillion chairman Philip Green said: “Andrew has the ideal combination of commerciality, operational expertise and relevant sector experience to build on the conclusions of the strategic review and to lead the ongoing transformation of the business.

“His experience and his people focused personal style are an ideal combination for our business.

“We are pleased that he has agreed to join us and we are grateful to Keith Cochrane for his interim leadership of Carillion.”

Davies previously held senior roles at BAE systems over 28 years.

Davies said: “It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work for the Wates Group, and I am proud of what we as a company have accomplished over these past four years.”

Wates chairman James Wates said Davies confirmed that chief financial officer David Allen will take over as acting chief executive until a permanent replacement is found.

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