Olivier Luneau is appointed Senior Vice President, Group Sustainable Development and Public Affairs. He will report directly to the CEO. He is taking over from Gaëlle Monteiller, who has joined Lafarge Bétons France (French Concrete activity) as General Manager of the Vallée de Seine region.
Olivier Luneau started his career at the Bank of America, before joining Lafarge in 1990, first at the Financial department, based in Paris and then in London following the acquisition of Redland. Since 2001, Olivier Luneau had been CEO of Lafarge Aso Cement, in Japan.
Lafarge firmly believes that there can be no sustainable economic performance without social progress and protection of the environment, and its commitment to sustainable development dates back many years. Beyond economic considerations, the human, social and environmental dimensions are an integral part of the Group's performance programs and management processes.
At the Group level and locally, Lafarge plays an active role at influencing public policies.
Lafarge, the world leader in building materials, holds top-ranking positions in all four of its Divisions: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete, Roofing and Gypsum. Lafarge employs 77,000 people in 75 countries and posted sales of €14.4 billion in 2004.
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