MOVES: Canada chem engineer SNC hires new compliance chief

22 February 2013 20:59  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--Canadian energy and chemicals engineering major SNC-Lavalin has hired Andreas Pohlmann, a renowned corporate governance expert, as its new chief compliance officer, effective 1 March, the company said on Friday.

Pohlmann’s appointment at Montreal-based SNC comes in the wake of a major management shake-up after the company's former CEO stepped down last year amid allegations of accounting irregularities and corruption.

Pohlmann was previously chief compliance officer at Germany’s industrial and engineering giant Siemens, where he set up a new compliance system after Siemens became involved in a bribery scandal.

From 2010 to 2011, he served on the board of Germany-based chemical engineer Ferrostaal, where he investigated allegations of bribery.

"[Pohlmann’s] experience on boards and his roles in Europe and in North America speak to his well-deserved reputation as a world-renowned leader in compliance and corporate governance,” said SNC CEO Robert Card.

“In addition, he has lived through experiences similar to ours, albeit on a different scale, so we are confident that his expertise will serve us well in the months to come as we move beyond the past and towards the type of world-class compliance system that he helped install at Siemens," Card added.

Card, a former executive at US engineering firm CH2M Hill and former under secretary at the US Department of Energy, took over as SNC's CEO last October.

SNC is described as one of the world’s top energy, infrastructure and chemical engineering and construction groups. It has offices in more than 40 countries around the world and is currently working in some 100 countries.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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