Kier has made two new appointments to its executive committee, with Sophie Timms promoted to the role of corporate affairs director and Alpna Amar is promoted to the role of corporate development director.
Timms will report to chief executive Andrew Davies while Amar will report to chief financial officer Simon Kesterton.
Timms joined Kier as group public affairs director in October 2020 from Zurich Insurance to support Kier’s engagement with policymakers and industry bodies.
Amar joined Kier as finance director of transformation in February 2020 and has worked on projects including the sale of Kier Living and a proposed equity raise. Prior to joining Kier, Amar spent four years as head of investor relations for TI Fluid Systems, a global automotive supplier, owned by Bain Capital.
Davies said: “I’m delighted to welcome Sophie and Alpna to the executive committee and know they will provide additional strength and perspectives to the team as Kier looks to move into the next phase of its strategy.
“With Kier’s role as a strategic supplier to the UK government, Sophie’s extensive public affairs and communications’ experience will be invaluable in supporting Kier’s internal and external engagement, as well as ensuring we can help our clients to deliver on their long-term societal aims.
“Similarly, Alpna’s wide-ranging strategy, M&A and investor relations’ experience will be critical as Kier looks to build on its financial and competitive position and deliver its medium-term financial targets.”
Timms said: “I am delighted to be appointed corporate affairs director at Kier. Since joining Kier, I have been impressed not only by the scale of the projects and programmes it delivers, largely on behalf of the public sector, but also its strong credentials in delivering long-term social impact in communities. I am incredibly excited to ensure we keep colleagues and external stakeholders up-to-date with the progress Kier is making and the role infrastructure and construction can play in supporting recovery from covid-19, rebalancing prosperity and the delivery of net zero goals.”
Amar said: “I’m very proud of Kier’s tremendous success in delivering its strategy over the last two years and I’m excited for the next stage. The management team is extremely strong and I am confident that Kier will be well-positioned both financially and strategically to continue delivering value to shareholders.”