Carillion plc announces today that Keith Cochrane has been appointed as Interim Group Chief Executive, while a search is undertaken for a permanent appointee. Richard Howson has stepped down as Group Chief Executive and from the Board. Richard will stay with the Group for a period of up to one year to support the transition.
Keith was appointed to the Carillion Board on 2 July 2015 and has served as the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director since 1 September 2015. He has also served as a member of the Audit, Remuneration, Nomination, Sustainability and Business Integrity Committees.
Keith, aged 52, is the former Chief Executive of The Weir Group plc. He joined Weir as Finance Director in July 2006 and was appointed Chief Executive in November 2009, standing down in 2016. Following a number of years at Arthur Andersen, Keith joined Stagecoach Group plc in 1993. He became the Group's Finance Director in 1996 and Chief Executive in 2000. He joined Scottish Power plc in 2003 and served as Director of Group Finance.
In 2015, Keith was appointed as the UK Government's Lead Non-Executive Director for the Scotland Office and Office of the Advocate General. He is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Keith was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and appointed CBE in 2016.
Baroness Sally Morgan, previously an Independent Non-Executive Director, has been appointed as the Senior Non-Executive with immediate effect.
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