Sir John Parker to take up chairman’s role at Laing O’Rourke

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

Parker said he would be taking up the position later this year after stepping down from his role as chairman of the mining conglomerate Anglo American plc. In the meantime he will “familiarise himself with key projects and clients,” he 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,” Laing O'Rourke CEO Ray O’Rourke commented. "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," O'Rourke said.

Commenting on his impending arrival as chairman, Parker said: “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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