BOISE, Ida. — Morrison Knudsen Corp. Sunday named as its new chairman former Chrysler Corp. Vice Chairman Robert S. Miller, a financial turnaround expert the company hopes will negotiate loans it needs to avoid insolvency.
Miller replaces William Agee, who was ousted from the troubled construction and engineering company in February after forecasting record losses for the fourth quarter and year. Boise-based Morrison Knudsen will run out of money this month if it doesn't receive up to $125 million in new loans from its banks.
The 54-year-old Miller is credited with being the chief financial architect of Chrysler's turnaround in the mid-1980s. He joined the auto maker in 1979 and served as its chief financial officer from 1981 to 1990, and vice chairman from 1990 to 1992.
Miller vowed to lead Morrison Knudsen out of its period of uncertainty and financial turmoil. "I am looking forward to helping the company past its current financial difficulties," Miller said in a statement.