Appointment to Executive Committee

28 February 2008

Lafarge announces the appointment to the Group Executive Committee of Jean Desazars de Montgailhard, Executive Vice-President, Strategy, Development and Public Affairs.

Born in 1952, Jean Desazars de Montgailhard is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d'Administration and the Institut de Sciences Politiques in Paris. He also holds a Masters in Economics. He joined Lafarge in 1989.

Jean Desazars de Montgailhard started his career at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he was specialized in multilateral negotiations, strategic questions and arms control. He served as a diplomat in Madrid, Stockholm and Washington DC, as well as at the central administration.

He joined Lafarge in 1989 as Director of Strategic Planning and Development, a position which he occupied first in Paris, then in Spain, where he became Director of Sales and Marketing in 1992.

Since 1996, Jean Desazars de Montgailhard has played a major role in the Group's development in Asia, and also in Africa.

In 2006, Bruno Lafont became CEO of Lafarge and created the position of Executive Vice President, Strategy & Development, reporting directly to him. Jean Desazars de Montgailhard was appointed to this position, the scope of which was subsequently enlarged to include public affairs and sustainable development. In particular, Jean Desazars is responsible for a permanent review of the Group's strategy, its business portfolio and its key areas of development. He is involved in the Group's main transactions and assesses all planned investments.


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 88,000 employees in 80 countries, Lafarge posted sales of Euros 17.6 billion and net income of Euros 1.9 billion in 2007.

Lafarge is the only company in the construction materials sector to be listed in the 2008 ‘100 Global Most Sustainable Corporations in the World'. 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. 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 surroundings.

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