Management shake-up at SNC Lavalin

By Helen Wright21 January 2013

SNC-Lavalin building

SNC-Lavalin building

Robert Card, the new president and CEO of Canadian contractor SNC Lavalin, has announced a management shakeup and also made changes to the company’s organisational structure in wake of fraud allegations.

A new position of president of resources and environment has been created at the company, and Neil Bruce, formerly executive director and COO of AMEC, has been parachuted into the role with immediate effect.

Mr Bruce’s role will be to oversee a global growth strategy for the new business unit – the largest and most diverse within the company, including SNC Lavalin’s global business in hydrocarbons and chemicals, mining and metallurgy, environment, and water.

SNC-Lavalin has also created a global operations group, and Christian Jacqui, formerly executive vice president of the Europe division, has been assigned a new role as the division’s executive vice president.

Meanwhile, Patrick Lamarre has resigned as executive vice-president of the company’s global power division, and will be replaced on an interim basis by Scott Thon, the current president of the company’s AltaLink subsidiary.

Mr Card said the changes represented part of SNC Lavalin’s on-going efforts to strengthen its management structure further, and extend its scope.

“These announcements are an opportunity to unroll some of the company’s preliminary strategic orientation, of which there will be more to follow in the months to come,” he added.

Since March 2012, SNC Lavalin has initiated and enacted various plans to restructure and reinforce areas such as governance, ethics and compliance following revelations of suspect payments worth millions made by the company in Libya, as well as alleged fraud on a bridge contract in Bangladesh.

Several of its former executives have been arrested, and in December last year the contractor suspended payments it had been providing to its former CEO Pierre Duhaime under his departure agreement following news that he had also been arrested and charged with fraud by authorities.

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