SNC-Lavalin chooses former CH2M Hill executive as CEO

By Chris Sleight13 August 2012

SNC-Lavalin president & CEO, Robert (Bob) Card.

SNC-Lavalin president & CEO, Robert (Bob) Card.

SNC-Lavalin has named Robert (Bob) Card as its new CEO, effective October 1, following the resignation of Pierre Duhaime in March. His career includes 27 years with consultant CH2M Hill, as well as three years as under secretary to the US Department of Energy. He holds a masters degree in environmental and civil engineering from Stanford University and also attended Harvard.

Commenting on Mr Card's appointment, SNC-Lavalin Board chairman, Gwyn Morgan said, "We considered several strong candidates from Canada and around the world. Our key focus was to identify an experienced senior leader with both an extensive background in the international engineering and construction sector and a deep understanding of the complexities of operating internationally. In addition to having lived and worked in Canada, the US and abroad, Bob has also gained important leadership experience within the public sector."

Mr Card worked for CH2M Hill from 1974 to 2001, holding a variety of positions including president and group chief executive of the International division, president of the Government, Environment and Nuclear division, president of the Facilities & Infrastructure division and president of the Energy, Water & Facilities division. He also served on the board of directors from 1996 to 2001.

From 2001 to 2004 he was under secretary to the US Department of Energy, a Senate-approved presidential appointment in which he oversaw 65,000 employees and a budget of more than US$ 14 billion.

"I am excited about the enormous opportunity that this company represents. I'm looking forward to getting acquainted with the company's leaders and to developing a better understanding of the next steps to be undertaken," said Mr Card.

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