MONTREAL, April 15, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC) is pleased to announce that Neil Bruce has been appointed to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer (COO).This position was created to further improve and drive operational execution while focusing on delivering on our business plan andmeeting our commitments to shareholders, employees and other stakeholders. This appointment is effective immediately and the position is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. Neil Bruce will continue to report to Robert G. Card, President and CEO.
This appointment will also further streamline operations across all our markets with a goal of further improving operational efficiency. In addition, the regional structure – called Global Operations – will be integrated into the business, while maintaining a geographic stewardship over each region. By simplifying the structure and making the operations more efficient and effective, the company will deliver its global-caliber expertise in local marketsmore effectively and better serve its clients' needs.
As a diversified engineering and construction company, SNC-Lavalin will leverage its joint operational capabilities and opportunitiesmore effectively . The focus will be on winning and delivering projects and services across four key markets – Power, Infrastructure, Oil and Gas, and Mining and Metallurgy. As such, SNC-Lavalin is further aligning its business structure with its markets. This alignment, together with the company's investment capabilities (ICI), will differentiate the way the company operates as it moves towards becoming a global Tier-1 engineering and construction firm.
Reporting to Neil Bruce will be a team of existing seasoned company leaders. Alexander (Sandy) Taylor, President, Power and Christian Brown, President, Oil & Gas will continue to occupy theircurrent positions. José Suárez, previously Executive Vice president, Integrated Management Systems is appointed Executive Vice President, Mining & Metallurgy. José has significant prior experience in this business in positions of leadership, business development and project management. Ian Edwards is appointed Executive Vice President, Infrastructure. He brings over 30 years of experience in delivering complex infrastructure projects and leading businesses in many sectors across a dozen countries.
In addition, Dale Clarke, previously Executive Vice president, Mining & Metallurgy is appointed Executive Vice President, Integrated Management Systems, reporting to Robert G. Card.
Hisham Mahmoud and Christian Jacqui will move on to the next steps in their careers, and will be leaving the company on May 1 and May 31, respectively, ensuring a smooth transition period.
Furthermore, Réjean Goulet, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, has announced his retirement from SNC-Lavalin after a highlight-filled career spanning nearly 30 years with the company, effective in July 2015. Mr. Goulet will continue to assist the company, beyond his retirement date on specific litigation matters, including the recently announced Federal charges. Jean-Éric Laferrière, currently Senior Vice-President, Legal Affairs, will assume the interim position while the company conducts a worldwide search to find Réjean Goulet's replacement.
"I would like to congratulate Neil on his appointment," said Robert G. Card President and CEO. "He has been an outstanding addition to the SNC-Lavalin executive team since he joined in 2013, has held the position of COO in his prior career, and is widely respected for his experience, leadership and strong client focus. He led the acquisition and very successful integration of Kentz and will add significantly to our operational execution capabilities as our COO.
"I want to thank Hisham Mahmoud and Christian Jacqui for their leadership and strong expertise in their respective fields, which greatly benefitted the company. They each tackled very challenging parts of the business, created efficient structures and world-class teams, and prepared the groundwork to help the company continue moving forward towards reaching its goals. I would also like to thank Réjean for his many important contributions and for his resilience while the company worked through its various challenges."
Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. From offices in over 50 countries, SNC-Lavalin's employees provide EPC and EPCM services to clients in a variety of industry sectors, including mining and metallurgy, oil and gas, environment and water, infrastructure and clean power. SNC-Lavalin can also combine these services with its financing and operations and maintenance capabilities to provide complete end-to-end project solutions. www.snclavalin.com
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