CFO ANNA STEWART will take the group CEO post at engineers Laing O'Rourke, effective from April next year when she will take over from Ray O'Rourke.
Stewart will take the helm at the UK's largest private contractor, having been at the firm for more than 30 years.
She was appointed group commercial director in 2004 and assumed overall executive responsibility for group finance in 2010.
In a statement, group chairman and outgoing chief executive Ray O'Rourke said: "Anna is the outstanding choice to lead the company because of her excellent track record in helping transform and grow our international presence, her intimate knowledge of Laing O'Rourke's culture and operations, her role in the development of the Group's strategy and her unquestionable passion for realising our future vision."
Stewart added: "Laing O'Rourke is a unique business with leading capabilities in all facets of engineering and construction, a talented leadership team, highly engaged workforce and longstanding client relationships. I understand the obligations that come with the role and have committed to the shareholders to turn our highly compelling vision for the future into reality."
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