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Murphy seduces Hollingshead away from Swansea Bay lagoon project

27 Apr 15 Former Laing O’Rourke director Steve Hollingshead has quit the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project after less than a year in post to join civils contractor J Murphy & Sons as chief executive.

Steve Hollingshead is new CEO of Murphy
Steve Hollingshead is new CEO of Murphy

Steve Hollingshead takes over as chief executive of Murphy on 1st June 2015, taking over from interim boss Matthew Behan.

Mr Hollingshead was with O’Rourke for more than 20 years. As construction director in 2001 he played a key role in the acquisition of Laing Construction before being appointed managing director of Laing O’Rourke London and Southeast. In 2010 he moved to head Laing O’Rourke’s Australian business before returning to the UK in 2013. He joined Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP) as construction director in July 2014.

Murphy chairman Alastair Kerr said: “Steve joins Murphy at a very exciting time of dynamic change and growth. With an impressive track record and with more than 35 years of experience in delivering major global infrastructure projects, Steve brings a wealth of knowledge. His experience will be instrumental in growing Murphy’s activities both in the UK and overseas.”

Mr Hollingshead said: “With its rich heritage of innovative solutions, ability to self-deliver and entrepreneurial culture, Murphy has a very unique place in the industry and is ideally positioned to capitalise on the growing opportunities in the market,” said Hollingshead.

“The capability and talent that exists within Murphy are impressive, and I very much look forward to working with my new colleagues to grow and broaden the company’s portfolio in the UK and overseas.”

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