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Kier names new infrastructure chief

Kier has appointed a new executive director for construction and infrastructure services.

Nigel Brook – previously executive director for UK building North at the Bedfordshire-based firm – has taken on overall responsibility for the construction division.

He will also look after the utilities and highways maintenance business within the services division as part of a reshuffle that will see chief operating officer Steve Bowcott leave Kier at the end of April after almost a decade.

Nigel Turner has joined as executive director for developments and property services, while Claudio Veritiero joins the board in his current role as group strategy and corporate development director.

Kier said the moves were to ensure it had the team in place to deliver its five-year strategy.

Chairman Phil White said: “We are today announcing these changes to ensure that we have the range of skills, experience and expertise to build on the successful acquisition and integration of May Gurney and to deliver Vision 2020.

“The new board appointees have a strong track record with Kier and I am delighted to appoint them to the board. I very much look forward to working with them.

“In light of these changes, Steve Bowcott will be leaving the board after over nine years with the group, during which he has made a significant contribution to both the business and the board. In his current role as chief operating officer, Steve has led the construction and services divisions through difficult, recessionary times, while also leading our group-wide business improvement and operational efficiency programme.

“As the business moves into its next stage of growth, we would like to thank Steve for his hard work and we wish him well for the future.”

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