Infrastructure investor John Laing has appointed Olivier Brousse as its new chief executive.
Brousse (pictured) will succeed Adrian Ewer who told the board last year of his intention to retire. He is relocating to London, and becomes chief executive on 1 March 2014 with Ewer staying on for a period to ensure a smooth transition.
Brousse will join John Laing from Saur Group, the international provider of delegated environmental services management, where he was until last week executive chairman. At Saur Group, Brousse has been instrumental in transforming its partnership with the public sector and diversifying its range of services in France and internationally. Prior to joining Saur, Brousse was deputy CEO of Veolia Transportation, the largest private sector operator of multiple international transport services. He has extensive experience of major infrastructure projects spanning utilities, transportation and environmental assets.
Chairman Dr Phil Nolan said: “We are delighted that we have attracted someone of Olivier’s calibre to succeed Adrian. His outstanding track record at Saur Group and prior to that at Veolia, combined with the strong existing John Laing management team that he will inherit, reassures us that we will retain the solid platform that has delivered John Laing’s great success. The Board believes Olivier brings with him the necessary drive and experience to ensure we are well placed for the future.
The company is an investor and manager of infrastructure assets with a portfolio of investments valued at over £650 million.