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Sir Robert McAlpine names non-family chief executive

Contractor Sir Robert McAlpine has promoted Tony Aikenhead to the role of chief executive.

Aikenhead, formerly director of operations at the firm, will lead the company’s eight-strong construction board.

This is responsible for the overall performance of the company, which has been structured into two divisions following a review.

The building division remains organised by regions, while the civil engineering arm will be a national division organised around key specialisms and skills.

Aikenhead is the first non-member of the McAlpine family to lead the company.

Gavin McAlpine will become non-executive chairman of the construction board, Hector McAlpine deputy chairman and Edward McAlpine director of corporate development.

On top of this, the construction board will report directly into a new supervisory board of McAlpine family members.

David McAlpine says: “The changes we are announcing today reflect the progression of the business and the natural generational succession of the McAlpine family.

“I am delighted that the new board structure retains the best of the company’s heritage through strong family engagement. I have absolute confidence in the vision, energy and focus of the new construction board.”

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