MONTREAL, Oct. 16, 2014 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) — SNC-Lavalin Group (TSX: SNC) announces today two senior appointments within its Infrastructure and Power groups.
Ian Edwards, Executive Vice-President, Infrastructure Construction, Infrastructure
Ian Edwards is named Executive Vice-President, Infrastructure Construction, within the company’s Infrastructure group, effective November 3. Mr. Edwards will be based in Montreal and report to Hisham Mahmoud, President, Infrastructure, SNC-Lavalin.
The Infrastructure Group’s Infrastructure Construction business unit provides construction services for infrastructure projects in a variety of sectors, including urban transit and heavy rail systems, super-hospitals, highways, bridges, airport terminals and water facilities. The Infrastructure Construction business frequently works in an integrated fashion with the Infrastructure group’s concession investments, engineering, and operations and maintenance businesses.
Mr. Edwards has over 30 years of experience in delivering complex infrastructure projects across Europe and Asia. He joins SNC-Lavalin after six years in senior roles with the Leighton Group. In 2012, he became the Managing Director, Leighton Asia, India and Offshore, where he led a diverse business of 20,000 employees spanning the construction, infrastructure, oil and gas and mining sectors in 14 countries. For four years prior to this, Mr. Edwards was Executive General Manager, Leighton Asia Limited, where he secured sustainable, year-on-year business growth and significantly enhanced shareholder returns.
Mr. Edwards holds Higher and Ordinary Certificates in Civil Engineering from Lancashire University in the United Kingdom. He is also an incorporated Member of the Chartered Institute of Building and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, as well as the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.
Pierre St-Arnaud, Executive Vice-President, Transmission & Distribution, Power
Pierre St-Arnaud is named Executive Vice-President, Transmission & Distribution (T&D), within the company’s Power group, effective December 8. Mr. St-Arnaud will be based in Calgary and report to Alexander (Sandy) Taylor, President, Power. SNC-Lavalin’s Power group also includes nuclear power plant (including Candu reactor technology), hydro power plant and thermal power plant businesses.
As a leading provider of services in its field, SNC-Lavalin’s T&D business unit works with global clients to deliver cost-effective, sustainable and customized solutions for electrical transmission and distribution systems. This includes consulting services, feasibility studies and a combination of engineering, procurementand/or construction services, for projects ranging fromhigh-voltage transmission infrastructure (up to 800 KV and HVDC expertise up to +/- 600 KV DC), to related automation and telecommunication subsystems.
Mr. St-Arnaud has more than 35 years of international experience with high technology and high value-added manufacturing and engineering companies, including as CEO of SR Telecom and senior executive roles at Hydro-Quebec and ABB. He has acted as President and General Manager of ABB France for the past four years. At ABB, Mr. St-Arnaud developed and implemented innovative strategies which resulted in higher customer satisfaction levels, profitability and quality of project execution.
Mr. St-Arnaud holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the École Polytechnique de Montreal, and a Master’s of Business Administration from the Universite du Quebec Montreal. He is also a Member of the Quebec Order of Engineers.
“We are thrilled to welcome Ian and Pierre to SNC-Lavalin as we continue to build a world-class executive team that will allow us to attain our objective of becoming a global Tier-1 engineering and construction company,” said Robert G. Card, President and CEO, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. “These two seasoned and highly talented executives have proven track records for delivering outstanding service to customers and creating the conditions for strong growth in their sectors of expertise.”
Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. From offices in over 50 countries, SNC-Lavalin’s 45,000 employees provide EPC and EPCM services to clients in a variety of industry sectors, including mining and metallurgy, oil and gas, environment and water, infrastructure and clean power. SNC-Lavalin can also combine these services with its financing and operations and maintenance capabilities to provide complete end-to-end project solutions. www.snclavalin.com