Concrete Products

JAN 2018

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www.concreteproducts.com January 2018 • 23 LafargeHolcim has elevated René Thibault from Western Canada chief executive officer to the post of Head Region North America and Exec- utive Committee member. He succeeds Pascal Casanova, who is leaving the producer after serving as the charter head of post-merger Lafarge and Holcim businesses across North America. Thibault joined Lafarge Canada in 1989 and has held posts in Canada and France. He will be responsible for Aggregate Industries, Holcim and Lafarge businesses in the U.S. and Canada as part of a realignment that sees LafargeHolcim cement and downstream operations in Mexico brought under Region Latin America. Concurrent with the Americas moves, LafargeHolcim has appointed Marcel Cobuz as Head Region Europe and Executive Committee member. He has held operational and executive roles in six countries since joining Lafarge Group in 2000, and succeeds Roland Köhler, a 24-year Holcim veteran transitioning to the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction chairmanship. The LafargeHolcim Board cites adoption of "a more market-focused and agile management organization," under which the 30 largest coun- try organizations will directly report to the Executive Committee, to be reduced from 10 to nine members. Global Performance & Cost and Growth & Innovation functions will be merged into a new corporate department, Growth & Performance, enabling the company to build a more nimble platform for "Best Demonstrated Practice." Heading Growth & Performance will be Performance & Cost chief Urs Bleisch, who will remain on the Executive Committee. "Establishing a market-focused management organization is an important step towards generating an attractive growth profile and taking the company to its next level of performance," says LafargeHol- cim CEO Jan Jenisch. "Strengthening of the profit and loss responsibility of the countries and simplification of global business functions will create a leaner operating model. Coun- tries will be fully empowered and accountable for market strategies, cost discipline and results. The new organization will be complemented by a strengthened performance man- agement system focusing on growth, cash conversion, capital efficiency and people development." THIBAULT HEADS FAMILIAR LAFARGEHOLCIM REGION reach the highest performance levels. The producer also developed an integrated logistics solution for the European XFEL, ensuring material deliveries complied with strict traffic, dust and noise regulations. With its global research & development center in Lyon, France, and Switzerland staff and operations' extensive tunneling expertise, LafargeHolcim is uniquely positioned to meet specifications of engi- neers and architects tackling technologically challenging projects across the globe. René Thibault NEWS SCOPE PRODUCERS

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