Eiffage announces death of CEO

French construction and concession group Eiffage has announced that chairman and chief executive officer, Pierre Berger, died last night.

Eiffage will hold a board meeting on Monday 26 October. Berger, 47, was previously with French rival Vinci before joining the firm in 2011.

Xavier Huillard, Vinci’s current chairman and chief executive, said: "On behalf of the Vinci Group and in a personal capacity, I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to Pierre’s family and friends and to the 70,000 Eiffage employees. As he demonstrated during the years he spent with the Vinci Group, Pierre was a man of exceptional energy who was driven by a passion for our business activities that is the hallmark of an outstanding leader."