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Laing O’Rourke appoints Rowan Baker as CFO

Laing O’Rourke has announced the appointment of Rowan Baker as its new CFO.

Taking up her new global role in September, Baker will sit on the company’s group executive committee and corporation board.

She succeeds current group financial director Stewart McIntyre, who will retire from full-time roles with the group in March 2021, but will remain as an adviser to the corporation board until March 2022.

Baker joins Laing O’Rourke from her role as CFO of McCarthy and Stone. Prior to joining them in 2012, she worked in finance for Barclays Bank and professional services for ‘Big Four’ accountancy firms PwC.

During her most recent role, she has also gained extensive experience of the construction sector and the challenges it faces to improve productivity, deliver greater certainty for clients and overcome a long-standing skills shortage.

Baker said she is “thrilled and excited” to be joining Laing O’Rourke. 

She said: “I am impressed by its swift actions to build resilience during the current Covid-19 crisis and remain focused on the significant opportunities on the horizon, in both the private and public sector.”

Laing O’Rourke CEO, Ray O’Rourke, added: “I am delighted Rowan will be joining us in this critical leadership role. While it is a time of extreme turbulence in our economy and wider society, and we are working hard to ensure we emerge strongly from the Covid-19 crisis, it is important we remain focused on our longer-term objectives and success. 

“There are significant opportunities and exciting times ahead of us and Rowan’s finance and leadership expertise will help us maximise these and continue our transformation.”

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