New CEO to take over at SNC-Lavalin

Neil Bruce, currently COO at the Canadian developer, will be succeeding Robert Card as president and chief executive next month.

SNC-Lavalin’s chief operating officer (COO) Neil Bruce will be assuming the role of president and chief executive (CEO) as of October 5, the Montreal-based engineering firm said in a statement.

Bruce, who initially joined SNC-Lavalin in January 2013 as head of the company’s mining, metallurgy and oil and gas businesses, will be succeeding Robert Card.

“Mr Bruce transformed the Oil & Gas business – from a niche 3,000-employee player into a 20,000-strong, world-class organisation – before being named COO in April 2015,” the company said in the statement.

Bruce has more than 30 years of experience in the engineering and construction sector. Before joining SNC-Lavalin, he had held a number of leadership roles including executive director and COO of AMEC, a multinational consultancy, engineering and project management company headquartered in London.

Card, who has served as president and chief executive since October 2012, will remain as an advisor to the board of directors and to Bruce, according to the statement.

“Bob’s tenure left a strong legacy during a critical time for the company, with a far-reaching transformation that changed the face of the executive team, repositioned the company strategically through the sale of AltaLink and the acquisition of Kentz among others, as well as turned its ethics and compliance system into a benchmark for the industry,” SNC-Lavalin’s chairman Lawrence Stevenson said.

Card joined the firm a few months after a series of scandals and allegations of corruption began to plague the company resulting in a number of high-level resignations, criminal investigations and the arrest of its then chief executive Pierre Duhaime.

The COO position will not be filled and the presidents of the company’s four businesses – mining and metallurgy, oil and gas, clean power and infrastructure – will continue to report to Bruce, the company said.