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Carillion executive sold £776,000 in shares before collapse

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Carillion's former finance director sold shares in the UK construction company worth about £776,000 (S$1.43 million) months before it imploded, according to parliamentary committees.

[LONDON] Carillion's former finance director sold shares in the UK construction company worth about £776,000 (S$1.43 million) months before it imploded, according to parliamentary committees.

Richard Adam cashed in shares for £534,000 in March 2017, less than three months after he retired, and then sold long-term incentive awards in May last year on the day they vested for £242,000, the committees said, citing a letter from the former Carillion official.

Carillion's collapse in January left behind debts of about £1.6 billion and triggered a debate in Britain about the extent to which the government relies on businesses to provide public services and build infrastructure including schools, libraries and roads. The company's fall gathered pace last July after a series of construction contracts soured. Three profit warnings in about half a year caused its shares to plummet.

Zafar Khan became finance director in late 2016, replacing Mr Adam, but he left the company several months later. The work and pensions committee and the business, energy and industrial strategy committee are publishing responses from Mr Adam and Mr Khan following evidence given to parliament earlier this month.

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