Severfield-Rowen has been scouting for a new boss since removing Tom Haughey from the post in January this year following losses on its 122 Leadenhall (Cheesegrater) contract. Chairman John Dodds, another former Kier man, stepped in as interim executive chairman until a replacement was found.
Mr Dodds worked for Kier form the early 1970s until his retirement in 2010, with the last seven as chief executive.
Ian Lawson, 56, recently lost his job as a main board director of Kier Group as part of a reshuffle as part of the May Gurney integration. He was responsible for Kier’s Services and Property divisions. Mr Lawson initiated and managed a significant restructuring programme within the divisions and completed several important acquisitions for the company.
Previously Mr Lawson was a director of Kier Regional, and before that was managing director of Kier Investments, which he joined in 2000 following a career at Bickerton Group where he was managing director.
Mr Dodds said: "I am delighted to welcome Ian to the group. He has a wide range of experience from 35 years in the construction industry. I have worked with Ian over many years and believe he brings the right mix of skills and experience to lead the group for the next phase of its growth and development."