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Laing O'Rourke appoints restructuring boss as Europe chief executive

Laing O’Rourke has appointed Roger Robinson, who was drafted in to oversee its restructuring, to the role of chief executive for its Europe hub.

Robinson will report directly to Ray O’Rourke and will join the group’s executive committee. His will also play an active role in the execution of the group’s broader 2020 strategy.

“Despite the unprecedented turmoil in the global economy and its knock-on effects in the construction sector, Laing O’Rourke is determined to maintain a leadership position in the delivery of engineering and construction services to clients in our core sectors and markets,” said chairman and group chief executive Ray O’Rourke.

“To that end, the group executive committee has decided to appoint Roger to this new role, increasing the level of senior management focus on securing and advancing our core businesses whilst aggressively pursuing the emerging growth opportunities we see in Canada and the Middle East.

“Roger’s immediate priority will be to bring his considerable leadership skills and experience to bear to improve the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the hub.” 

Robinson joined Laing O’Rourke from Carillion after 10 years with the group where he had responsibility for infrastructure, international, commercial and health and safety matters. Prior to this he was contracts director at Tarmac Construction, and subsequently became managing director of its civil engineering, international and rail businesses.

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