Phil McDowell joined firm six years ago
Kier has appointed a new operations director at its Scottish construction business.
Phil McDowell joined the firm as a contract manager in 2013 after spending the previous 13 years at Miller.
The move comes after a series of departures at the business over the past few months, with the firm searching for a new chief executive after Haydn Mursell was ousted by the group’s board last month.
And group commercial director Paul Pethica left in August last year.
McDowell’s promotion also follows a challenging year for Kier’s construction arm north of the border.
Last June, the Mackintosh building in Glasgow was ravaged by fire while Kier was on-site conducting remedial works following a 2014 fire.
And an independent inquiry last April into DG One, a leisure centre in Dumfries, built by Kier but closed in 2014 after just six years – and still not reopened – found the building had several problems.
The chairman of the inquiry, Professor John Cole, said he had never seen so many problems in one building: “Defects seemed to permeate virtually all elements of the building from the underground drainage through all aspects of the structure and fabric up to the construction of the roof.”