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J Murphy & Sons hires former Laing O'Rourke chief

J Murphy & Sons has appointed former Laing O’Rourke chief Steve Hollingshead as chief executive officer.

Hollingshead, who held key roles for Laing O’Rourke in the UK and Australia, was appointed last year as construction director at Tidal Lagoon Power, the firm behind plans for a £750M power plant at Swansea Bay.

From 1 June, Hollingshead will be responsible for growing J Murphy & Sons’ activities in the UK, as well as helping drive overseas success.

Chairman Alastair Kerr said: “Steve joins Murphy at a very exciting time of dynamic change and growth.

“With an impressive track record and more than 35 years of experience in delivering major global infrastructure projects, Steve brings a wealth of knowledge.”

Hollingshead began his career with Taylor Woodrow Construction before joining R O’Rourke & Son in 1989.

After playing a key role in O’Rourke Group’s acquisition of Laing Construction in October 2001, he went on to become managing director of Laing O’Rourke’s infrastructure, direct delivery, manufacturing and plant hire businesses.

In 2010 he moved to Brisbane as chief executive of the company’s Australia hub – a business that now employs 7,000 people.

Hollingshead said: “It is a great privilege to be joining one of the industry’s leading infrastructure companies.

“With its rich heritage of innovative solutions, ability to self-deliver and entrepreneurial culture, Murphy has a unique place in the industry and is ideally positioned to capitalise on the growing opportunities in the market.

“The capability and talent that exists within Murphy are impressive, and I very much look forward to working with my new colleagues to grow and broaden the company’s portfolio in the UK and overseas.”

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