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A Mountie stands in the lobby of SNC-Lavalin in Montreal, April 13, 2012.
A Mountie stands in the lobby of SNC-Lavalin in Montreal, April 13, 2012.
(Graham Hughes/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

SEAN SILCOFF

SNC hires reputation doctor, but the cure won’t come cheap

There are two ways to greet the announcement from SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. that it has hired one of the world’s top corruption fix-it specialists as its chief compliance officer.

The good news is that Andreas Pohlmann led a successful clean-up effort at Siemens AG after the German-based industrial giant was embroiled in a nasty global bribery scandal in the 2000s. He’s a big hire by new SNC chief executive Robert Card and will oversee the introduction of “the type of world-class compliance system that he helped install at Siemens,” Mr. Card said.