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Troubled UK contractor Carillion’s group finance director, Zafar Khan, has left the company with immediate effect, two months after a profit warning from the company.

Also, chief operating officer Richard Howson, managing director of Carillion Construction Services Adam Green, and managing director of Carillion Services Nigel Taylor will be leaving the company on 30 September.

Carillion has made a number of appointments to the group executive. Emma Mercer has been appointed chief financial officer with immediate effect. Since joining Carillion in 2008, she has held several senior positions, most recently finance director of the UK construction business. Before that, she was chief financial officer and senior vice president of Carillion Canada.

Lee Watson has been appointed chief transformation officer, on secondment from Ernst & Young (EY). Watson has been a partner at EY since 2008, during which time he is said to have advised on numerous transformations and restructurings for UK companies. His appointment is also effective immediately.

Andy Jones, currently president and chief executive of Carillion Canada, has been appointed chief operating officer and will take up this role on 1 October, 2017.

Shaun Carter, group strategy director, will be leaving the company by the end of the year.

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