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M4i chief Crane quits Christiani

ALAN CRANE last week dramatically quit his job as managing director of contractor Christiani & Nielsen.

His departure is an embarrassment for the Movement for Innovation, the Government run construction best practice body, which Crane has chaired and nurtured for the last 18 months.

Crane left with finance director Clive Thompson in a move that coincided with news that Christiani & Nielsen's Thaibased parent company had approved a £10M cash injection.

A Christiani spokesman said it had made an unaudited loss of £8M last year on turnover of £120M.

In 1998 the company made a pretax profit of £2.59M on turnover of £115M.

But senior industry figures this week rallied behind Crane, insisting he should stay on at M4i.

'He has made a huge contribution to both the Construction Confederation and M4i, ' said Kvaerner Construction chief executive Keith Clarke.

'The work he has done has been of extremely high value and to the benefit of the industry, ' he added.

Christiani refused to explain Crane's departure. It has appointed civil engineer Andrew Pearson as chief executive.

Santi Grachangnetara, chief executive of the Thai parent, has also joined Christiani & Nielsen as chairman.

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