SNC appoints nuclear exec as new CFO

Former Areva executive, Alain-Pierre Raynaud, part of SNC-Lavalin’s leadership sweep.

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MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin has appointed an executive from French nuclear giant Areva as its new chief financial officer. Alain-Pierre Raynaud, who also has experience in the automotive, energy and banking sectors in Europe and Asia, begins his duties June 1 and will be based at the engineering company’s Montreal headquarters.

He replaces Gilles Laramee, who was appointed in December as executive vice-president of infrastructure, concessions and investments at SNC-Lavalin and entrusted with the company’s concession portfolio, which includes Highway 407 and AltaLink.

Raynaud holds a doctorate in economics and has spent 32 years working with global companies specializing in project management. After beginning his career as a financial analyst, he joined Renault and later moved to Japan to lead Nissan’s financial operations. Raynaud later became CFO of Areva, where he oversaw a restructuring, before being named to head its UK division.

Analyst Pierre Lacroix of Desjardins Capital Markets said some investors will take “comfort” from Raynaud’s strong background in power development, especially within the nuclear space where SNC-Lavalin’s focus has grown since its acquisition of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.

SNC-Lavalin has been hiring a series of new executives since the departure of former chief executive Pierre Duhaime last year after an independent review showed he signed off on $56 million in payments to undisclosed agents.

Duhaime and another former SNC top executive, Riadh Ben Aissa, are facing fraud charges stemming from a contract involving the building of the multibillion-dollar McGill University Health Centre in Montreal.

SNC-Lavalin has said a review of its financial reporting has found that problems in the system identified last year have been eliminated.

A former executive of German industrial conglomerate Siemens has been hired as chief compliance officer, responsible for guiding the company on ethics and matters of corporate governance.

© 2013 The Canadian Press