Skanska director leaves suddenly after 28 years

Skanska stalwart Steve Holbrook has left the firm with immediate effect after almost three decades of service.

Holbrook joined the Swedish-owned construction firm in 1995, initially as a sponsored student midway through his undergraduate studies at Loughborough University.

He rose through the ranks to become managing director of Skanska Building five years ago, when the unit was created as part of a major restructure of the global business.

Now Holbrook has departed suddenly from the contractor, which grew turnover to £1.4bn last year and was ranked 13th biggest in the UK in the latest CN100.

Former managing director of cementation Terry Muckian has been appointed as replacement managing director of the building unit, with Andy Entwistle stepping into Muckian’s previous role.

Skanska said in a statement: “After 28 years of service, Steve Holbrook is leaving Skanska. Steve has made a significant contribution to the company over many years. We all wish him the very best for his future endeavours.

“We’re pleased to confirm that Terry Muckian has been appointed as managing director of building. He brings a wealth of experience in operational and commercial leadership, combined with a strong customer focus across both public and private sectors.

“Andy Entwistle has been appointed as managing director for cementation and will join our senior management team. Andy brings a great breadth of experience to the role as well as having many strong customer relationships.

“All changes are made with immediate effect and will have no impact on project delivery.”

Skanska topped October’s contractor league table with a single contract win – a £158m data-centre fit-out job.

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