Laing O’Rourke set for new chairman

Sir John Parker
Sir John Parker

Outgoing Anglo American chairman Sir John Parker is to take up the chairman’s role at Laing O’Rourke, the firm has revealed.

Sir John, 75, said he would take up the position later this year after stepping down from the chairman’s role at Anglo American plc. In the interim, he would “familiarise himself with key projects and clients”, he added.

Laing O’Rourke CEO Ray O’Rourke said: “Sir John has built up an enviable reputation across a range of industrial sectors as a leader in the boardroom, including Chairman at five FTSE100 companies.

“As former President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a visiting Fellow at Oxford University, he takes a keen interest in the development of engineering technology and talent, a core value of our global business.

“I am excited to work closely with Sir John to make Laing O’Rourke the recognised leader for innovation and excellence in the construction industry.”

Sir John added: “I am honoured to join such a progressive organisation, with compelling future plans.

“A culture of engineering excellence is deeply embedded at Laing O’Rourke.

“I have a deep respect for the organisation that Ray and Des O’Rourke built from scratch over the past 40 years.”

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