Matt Blowers had been in post for two years

ISG chief executive Matt Blowers has left the firm after just over two years in the role.

He was appointed at the start of 2022 and took over from Paul Cossell who had been in the role ever since the firm delisted from the stock exchange in 2016 after a takeover battle was finally won by the firm’s current US owner Cathexis.

Blowers, who was previously in charge of the firm’s fit-out business and has been at ISG since 1998 when he joined as an assistant construction manager, has been replaced by the firm’s global chief operating officer Zoe Price who has been at ISG since 2012.

In a statement, the firm said: “ISG has announced the appointment of Zoe Price as CEO, following the decision by Matt Blowers to leave the business after 26 years, with the last two years as CEO. Additionally, the company has appointed Andrew Page as Interim CFO, with current CFO Karen Booth leaving the business at the end of March.”

Price, who has been a member of ISG’s statutory board since 2020, added: “I’d like to pay tribute to the contribution that both Matt and Karen have made to the ISG business. We have not been immune to the challenging landscape of the construction industry over the past few years, but our focus on collaboration and quality delivery, alongside our investment in our people have characterised this period.

“Looking forward, I’m determined to build on this legacy, but also seek to more fundamentally reset how our business, and the wider industry responds to the growing challenges to our sector. That is going to take different thinking. We cannot expect to attract the talent and creativity our sector needs to thrive, through the continuation of behaviours and approaches that deliver the status-quo. I’m looking forward to the challenge of helping to make a change that will be positive across construction.”

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Matt Blowers (right) took over from Paul Cossell at the start of 2022

One source said: “I worry what subcontractors will make of all of this. We all heard the rumours last year and I just hope things are OK.”

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News of Blowers’ departure comes a few months after the firm was forced to respond to rumours that swept the industry about the financial health of the company.

In November, the firm told Building: “Some six to eight weeks ago, we were alerted to unsubstantiated, wholly inaccurate and false claims that were circulating about our business.

“As you would expect, we actively reached out to our stakeholders with facts and truth, and have received strong support and further strengthened many of our existing relationships.”

In its last set of results, ISG saw income in 2022 slip to £2.19bn, from £2.26bn the year before, while pre-tax profit was down 38% to £11.5m. The firm is expected to publish its 2023 results in the spring.