September 14, 2015 10:26 am
Updated: September 14, 2015 12:01 pm

SNC-Lavalin CEO to hand over job to No. 2 executive in October

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., former CEO Robert G. Card smiles as he attends the company's annual general meeting in Montreal, Thursday, May 8, 2014.

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MONTREAL – SNC-Lavalin announced chief executive Robert Card, who was brought in to turn around the scandal-plagued engineering company, is stepping down after three years on the job.

He will be replaced by Neil Bruce, who joined the firm a few months after Card and became chief operating officer earlier this year.

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Bruce will take on the position effective Oct. 5.

No explanation for Card’s departure was provided in a news release on Monday.

He will remain an adviser to the board and his successor.

SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) chairman Lawrence Stevenson said Card transformed the company by enhancing its ethics and compliance system.

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Under Card, SNC has also repositioned its operations through the sale of AltaLink electric transmission company in Alberta and the acquitting of U.K.-based Kentz, a firm with expertise in oil and gas.

Bruce has been leading SNC’s mining, metallurgy and oil and gas business.

He has more than 30 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry and was in London before moving to the SNC’s headquarters in Montreal.

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The position of chief operating officer will not be refilled.

Analysts said the change in leadership won’t alter SNC-Lavalin’s direction since it will continue to have a seasoned executive at the helm.

The change comes as the company and two of its subsidiaries face one count of fraud and one of corruption over its dealings in Libya which it plans to plead not guilty.

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