Concrete Products

MAY 2018

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Page 20 of 71 May 2018 • 19 NEWS SCOPE PRODUCERS Upon conclusion of its annual general meeting this month, Lafarge- Holcim Ltd. will begin a new era as the terms of Betrand Collomb and Thomas Schmidheiny— charter directors whose combined Lafarge Group, Holcim Ltd. and post-merger tenure is just short of 90 years—sunset. A Swiss national, Schmidheiny joined Holcim in 1970 as technical director of Cementos Apasco, Mexico, was appointed to the executive committee six years later, and named chief executive officer in 1978. He held the latter title through 2001 and served as chairman from 1984-2003. He was instrumen- tal in the 2015 merger forming LafargeHolcim, creating the world's top portland cement producer, and has served as the charter chairman. Although Schmidheiny decided not to stand for re-election in 2018, the board will recognize his nearly 50 years of service to the group by naming him honorary chairman. Among career-long recognition from around the globe, he was awarded an honorary doctorate for his services in the field of sustainable development from Tufts University, Massachusetts. Schmidheiny's counterpart at pre-merger Lafarge Group, Collomb, will likewise not stand for re-election to the board at this year's meeting. A French national, he joined the Paris-based producer in 1975 and served in different management positions, includ- ing head of Lafarge North America (1985-1988), proceeding to the chairman and chief executive officer posts from 1989-2003. He held the chairman's title until 2007, when directors named him honorary chairman. Collomb returned to Lafarge Group as a director in 2012 and was one of the producer's six directors on the inaugural LafargeHolcim board, formed in July 2015. Among corporate and industry activities, he served as 2004-2005 chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Geneva, of which Lafarge Group was a founding member. LEHIGH HANSON VETERAN LEADS LEHIGH WHITE CEMENT Daniel Harrington has been appointed president and chief executive officer of a newly formed group anchored by Lehigh White Cement, a controlling stake in which was recently secured by Aalborg Cement Company Inc. through parent Cementir Holding S.p.A., Italy. He will lead Cementir Region North America, spanning Lehigh White Cement, with Pennsylvania and Texas plants, plus Vianini Pipe Inc., New Jersey-based reinforced concrete pipe producer. Harrington brings 40-plus years' experience in cement and vertically integrated construction materials production. He served as Lehigh Hanson North America president and chief executive officer from 2008-2015 and Portland Cement Association chairman in 2008-09. He holds B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Pennsylvania State University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Cementir Region North America has been formed on the heels of Aalborg Cement's acquisition of a portion of Lehigh Hanson's 51 percent interest in the Lehigh White Cement partnership. The early-2018 transaction has netted Aalborg Cement and Cemex USA respective stakes of 63.25 percent and 36.75 percent. LafargeHolcim set to turn the page as Collomb, Schmidheiny exit formal roles Betrand Collomb Thomas Schmidheiny Daniel Harrington ★ S HOW MUCH AWESOMENESS IS UP TO YOU. S Power your Western Star 4700 with a Detroit ™ DD13 ® for dependability that builds the bottom line. And with plenty of horsepower to go along with it, any job is yours to conquer. That is the power and value of Detroit. Find out more at

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