PARIS, June 18 /CNW/ - Lafarge announces today the appointment to the
Group Executive Committee of Jean-Carlos Angulo, Thomas Farrell, Gerard
Kuperfarb and Eric Olsen, from September 1, 2007.
The Executive Committee will therefore be composed of:
-- Three Executive Vice-Presidents managing the Cement business:
Jean-Carlos Angulo, 58; Isidoro Miranda, 48 and Guillaume Roux, 48.
-- Two Executive Vice-Presidents managing the Aggregates & Concrete
business: Thomas Farrell, 51 and Gerard Kuperfarb, 46.
-- An Executive Vice-President managing the Gypsum business: Christian
-- An Executive Vice-President, Finance: Jean-Jacques Gauthier, 47.
-- An Executive Vice-President, Organization and Human Resources: Eric
BRUNO LAFONT, CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE GROUP, STATED:
"I am particularly satisfied to be supported at the head of Lafarge by a
top-performing team, made up of managers who have acquired within the Group
strong knowledge of our businesses and significant international experience,
and who represent our results-driven culture."
These changes coincide with the retirement of Group executives, Michel
Rose, Chief Operating Officer, and Jean-Charles Blatz, Executive
Vice-President, Aggregates & Concrete, and the departure of Ulrich Glaunach.
JEAN CARLOS ANGULO, EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT, CO-PRESIDENT OF THE CEMENT
Born in 1949, Jean Carlos Angulo has 32 years' experience in the Group
and unique expertise in engineering, managing cement activities and vertical
integration. He is a graduate of the Ecole des Mines de Nancy and the European
Institute for Business Administration. He began his career as a project
engineer in the aerospace industry at the Societe Europeenne de Propulsion SEP
(1971-74) in Bordeaux. He joined Lafarge in 1975, where he was successively
Project Manager and Projects Director in Group engineering subsidiaries (plant
construction). He then became the General Manager of Lafarge Consulteria e
Estudos in Brazil. In 1984 he joined Lafarge Aluminates as Head of
Development. From 1990 to 1996 he was General Manager of Lafarge's Brazil
operations and head of the Southern and Latin American region. In 1996 he was
appointed as General Manager of Lafarge Ciments in France. Since 2000, he has
managed the Group's cement business in Western Europe and Morocco.
ISIDORO MIRANDA, EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT, CO-PRESIDENT OF THE CEMENT
Isidoro Miranda (born in 1959) has a PhD in engineering from Navarre
University (Spain) and an MBA from Insead and has been with the Group for 12
years. He began his career at a strategic consulting firm in London and Paris.
He joined Lafarge in 1995 as the Director of Group Strategic Research, before
being appointed CEO of Lafarge Asland, the Group's Spanish Cement subsidiary.
In 2001, he was appointed Executive Vice President of the Cement business and
a member of the Group Executive Committee. During this period, he formalized
Lafarge's business model in cement, the ADVANCE program. Since May 2003, he
has been Executive Vice President, Gypsum.
GUILLAUME ROUX, EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT, CO-PRESIDENT OF THE CEMENT
Guillaume Roux (born in 1959) graduated from the Institut d'Etudes
Politiques in Paris. He joined Lafarge 27 years ago, in 1980 as an internal
auditor for Lafarge Cement, France. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer
of the Biochemicals business in the United States in 1989, before returning to
Lafarge headquarters in 1992 to head a mission for the Finance Department. In
1996, he went back to the United States as Vice President of Marketing for
Lafarge North America. In 1999, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of
Lafarge's operations in Turkey and then in 2001, Executive Vice-President of
Cement operations in Southeast Asia. Guillaume Roux was appointed Executive
Vice-President, Co-president of the Cement business in January 2006.
THOMAS FARRELL, EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT, CO-PRESIDENT OF THE AGGREGATES
& CONCRETE BUSINESS
Thomas Farrell has an A.B. from Brown University (1978) and a J.D. from
Georgetown University Law School (1981). He is American and has been with
Lafarge for 17 years. Prior to joining Lafarge, he was a corporate attorney
with Shearman & Sterling, working at both their New York and Paris offices.
Thomas Farrell joined Lafarge in 1990, first working at the Paris headquarters
as Vice President of Strategy. He managed an operating unit of Lafarge
Granulats & Betons in France from 1992 to 1994. In 1996, he was appointed Vice
President and General Manager of Southern Alberta in the Western Canada region
of Lafarge North America's (LNA) Aggregates Concrete & Asphalt business, a
position held until 1998 when he was appointed CEO of Lafarge's activities in
India. In June 2002, he was appointed Executive Vice President of Lafarge
North America and President, Aggregates, Concrete & Asphalt, Western NA
Region. Since 2006 he has held the position of President of Aggregates,
Concrete & Asphalt, North America Region.
GERARD KUPERFARB, EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT, CO-PRESIDENT OF THE
AGGREGATES & CONCRETE BUSINESS
Born in 1961, Gerard Kuperfarb is a civil engineering graduate from the
Ecole des Mines in Nancy (1983). He also has a Masters in engineering from the
Ecole des Mines in Paris (1984) and an MBA from the HEC international business
school (1986). He has been with the Group for 15 years.
He began his career in 1983 as an engineer at the centre for material
forming at the Ecole des Mines in Paris before joining the "composite
materials" division at Ciba Group in 1986, where he held sales and marketing
functions. In 1989, he joined a strategy consultancy working in Brussels and
Paris. He joined Lafarge in 1992 as marketing director for the Refractory
Materials business, then became Strategy Director at Lafarge Specialty
Materials. Between 1996 and 1998, he managed the Aggregates & Concrete
activities in Southwest Ontario (Toronto, Canada), North America. In 2001, he
joined the Aggregates & Concrete division staff as Business Performance
Director in 2002. He has been Executive Vice-President, Aggregates & Concrete
for the East of Canada since 2005.
CHRISTIAN HERRAULT, EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT OF THE GYPSUM
A graduate of Ecole Polytechnique (1969) and the ENSM engineering school
of Paris, Christian Herrault (born in 1951) joined the Group in 1985, taking
responsibility for strategy and development in the Bioactivities business.
Between 1987 and 1992, he was Chief Operating Officer for the Seeds business,
first in the United States, then in France, and then managed the Glutamates
business from 1992 to 1994. In 1995, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer
of the Aluminates & Admixtures business (no longer part of the Group). Since
1998, he has been Executive Vice-President, Human Resources and Organization
and a member of the Executive Committee.
JEAN-JACQUES GAUTHIER, EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT, FINANCE
Jean-Jacques Gauthier (born in 1959) joined the Group in February 2001.
After graduating in law and economics, he began his career with Arthur Young.
Between 1986 and 2001, he held several positions in the Matra Group in France
and the United States. In 1996, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer of
the Franco-British venture Matra Marconi Space, and between 2000 and 2001, he
served as CFO of Astrium. Jean-Jacques Gauthier joined Lafarge in 2001,
becoming Executive Vice-President, Finance and a member of the Executive
ERIC OLSEN, EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT, ORGANIZATION AND HUMAN RE
Eric Olsen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and accounting
from the University of Colorado, and an MBA from the HEC international
business school in Paris, France. He is American and has been with the Group
for 8 years. He started his career in 1998 as a senior accountant at Deloitte
& Touche in New York. He attended a business school in France between 1992 and
1993, where he obtained an MBA. He then worked in investment banking at
Paribas in Paris, as a senior associate. From 1993 to 1999, he was a partner
at the consulting firm of Trinity Associates in Greenwich, Connecticut. Olsen
joined Lafarge North America in 1999 as Senior Vice President of strategy and
development. In 2001, he was appointed President of the company's North-East
cement operations. Olsen also served as Senior Vice President of purchasing
for Lafarge North America. Since 2004, he has been Executive Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer of Lafarge North America.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Lafarge is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking
positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum.
With 71,000 employees in over 70 countries, Lafarge posted sales of Euros 17
billion in 2006.
Lafarge has been committed to sustainable development for many years,
pursuing a strategy that combines industrial know-how with performance, value
creation, respect for employees and local cultures, environmental protection
and the conservation of natural resources and energy. Lafarge is the only
company in the construction materials sector to be listed in the 2007 '100
Global Most Sustainable Corporations in the World'. To make advances in
building materials, Lafarge places the customer at the heart of its concerns.
It offers the construction industry and the general public innovative
solutions bringing greater safety, comfort and quality to their everyday
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