Urs Kern

Holcim is both very demanding but very respectful of its employees. The international set-up, dynamic growth path and reputation for being a leader in the industry attracts new people to our business. People are friendly and down to earth, which makes it a good place to work.

When I joined Holcim in 1998, I was surprised how much I was able to design my own job content. Two years into my Holcim career, I was offered the unique role of General Manager, South Germany, to integrate the newly acquired company into the Holcim group. In 2003, I took on a new role supporting the start-up of Holcim Services EMEA, an IT shared service centre based in Spain. This was followed by a project leader to roll out business processes to Switzerland and South Germany, working with international business experts and consultants. The Europe-wide reorganization in 2005 gave me the responsibility I have today.

I have always been offered at the right time a new challenging and interesting position on my career path. Holcim has always opened a new door with an exciting and enriching job that I was able to develop myself based on the overall mission to be achieved. I have worked to develop my networks and skills to broaden my prospective and increase my knowledge through the courses offered to me.

A good network within the company opens the doors and at the end, enables you to achieve your goals - people are the key to success. I have personally found that an excellent team making the best use of different cultures to break barriers achieves success in Holcim.

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Christoph Columbus: He had a vision, convinced others and seeked the adventure.

Country of Origin: Switzerland Age: 41
Country of Work: Switzerland, Italy, Germany Years at Holcim: 12
Education: Master in Civil engineering, Bachelor in Business & Administration, Executive Manager Program at Harvard Business School Interests: Marathon running, gardening, travelling, private piloting