Stuart Doughty has unrivalled experience among construction executives, having been chief executive of Costain and Hyder Consulting and headed the civil engineering divisions of variously John Laing, Alfred McAlpine and Tarmac during his long career.
Previous non-executive roles include chairman of Silverdell and Somero and non-executive director at Scott Wilson.
Balfour Beatty chairman Philip Aiken said: “The board is delighted to welcome Stuart Doughty. He brings highly relevant, in-depth experience, having spent 45 years in the construction and infrastructure industry. His strong track record and experience at Laing, Tarmac, McAlpine and Costain will be particularly valuable to Balfour Beatty as we move to restore the business to profitable performance.”