CBC News has confirmed that Steve Durrell, the president of Irving Shipbuilding, has left the company.

Mary Keith, a spokesperson from Irving, declined to specify the reason for Durrell's departure. She called it a "confidential matter" and said it's Irving's policy not to comment on individual employees.

"Steve has worked for the company for more than 27 years and we appreciate his long term commitment to Irving Shipbuilding," wrote Keith in an email.

Last year, the yard won the right to bid on $25 billion worth of navy ship building contracts.

Just one month ago, Durrell said he was hopeful that work would begin to re-design the shipyard next spring in anticipation of the contracts.

Keith said it will take a few months to find Durrell's permanent replacement, but in the meantime, Ross Langley is in charge. Langley is the vice-chairman of Irving Shipbuilding.