Appointment at Lafarge: Gaëlle Monteiller becomes the Group's Vice President, Public Affairs and Environment

20 January 2003

Gaëlle Monteiller, aged 32, has been appointed Vice President, Public Affairs and Environment of the Lafarge Group, reporting to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bertrand Collomb. She replaces Chris Boyd, who is taking up a new position at Lafarge. She will be responsible for issues relating to sustainable development.

During her career, Gaëlle Monteiller has held a number of positions in the areas of industry and environment, in France and internationally.

Since August 2000, she has been Technical Advisor to the French Minister of External Trade with responsibility for bilateral relations with emerging countries and major industrial groups. She previously worked at the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry as: Deputy Director in charge of the automotive, rail and shipbuilding industry (1999-2000), Director of relationships with industrialists at the Research Department of the Ecole des Mines de Paris (1999-1997), and head of the energy and subsoil division of the Regional Department of Industry, Research and the Environment for the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region (1997-1994).

Gaëlle Monteiller is a Chief Engineer of Mines and a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique (1988).


World leader in building materials, Lafarge holds top-ranking positions in each of its four divisions: Cement, Aggregates and Concrete, Roofing and Gypsum. With a workforce of 83,000 people, the Group is present in 75 countries. In 2001, Lafarge recorded sales of €13.7 billion. 


Statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions ("Factors") which are difficult to predict. Some of the Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the cyclical nature of the Company's business; national and regional economic conditions in the countries in which the Group does business; currency fluctuations; seasonality of the Company's operations; levels of construction spending in major markets; supply/demand structure of the industry; competition from new or existing competitors; unfavorable weather conditions during peak construction periods; changes in and implementation of environmental and other governmental regulations; our ability to successfully identify, complete and efficiently integrate acquisitions; our ability to successfully penetrate new markets; and other Factors disclosed in the Company's Reference Document filed with the French COB under the reference number D02-162 and updated under the reference number D02-162/A1, and its annual report on Form 20-F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the USA. In general, the Company is subject to the risks and uncertainties of the construction industry and of doing business throughout the world. The forward-looking statements are made as of this date and the Company undertakes no obligation to update them, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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