Atkins chief executive Keith Clarke has stepped down as chairman of struggling Tube contractor Metronet.
Clarke's resignation comes two weeks after he told NCE that he was 'totally happy that all Metronet's shareholders were supportive of the management team that includes him as chairman (NCE 30 November).
Clarke had been under pressure to quit since Tube PPP arbiter Chris Bolt cited a catalogue of failings within Metronet and suggested that it should be led by an individual independent of the shareholders.
He will be replaced by Graham Pimlott. Pimlott has extensive board experience and has chaired organisations in the public and private sectors. He was a non-executive director of Tesco and is currently chairman of the Export Credit Guarantee Department (ECGD) and Tilney Group.
Metronet chief Executive Andrew Lezala said: 'Keith Clarke was appointed chairman of Metronet in an interim capacity. He stepped in on behalf of all the shareholders to enable a smooth transition following the change in management in April 2005 - and the appointment of a successor has been in process for sometime.'