29/07/2002

Harland & Wolff appoint new CEO

Harland & Wolff has appointed a new chief executive officer to succeed Brynjulv Mugaas who is stepping down from the role after three years.

Bill Alexander, who took up his new role on July 19, only joined the company in June after moving from Mivan Marine in Antrim.

He previously worked for the Industrial Development Board in the 1980's before leaving in 1988 to join the local subsidiary of Cresta Holdings.

Mr Alexander will be responsible for the shipbuilding and technical services company. He is also joining the company at a crucial time in its history with the latest set of redundancies reducing the Harland & Wolff workforce to just under 400.

The company, which is based at the Titanic Quarter in east Belfast, is currently in the process of completing an £80 million Ministry of Defence order.

However, once this has been completed early next year the company's order book will be empty.

(MB)

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