Hansueli Heé, member of the Executive Committee of Holcim Ltd since 1998, will be stepping down with effect from October 31, 2008 and going into retirement. Under his aegis, Holcim strengthened its market position in Europe's cement, aggregates and ready-mix concrete sectors and built up a leading position as a supplier of building materials especially in Eastern/Southeastern Europe and the CIS/Caspian region. The Board of Directors and Executive Committee would like to thank Hansueli Heé for the many years of valuable service he has provided.
The Board of Directors of Holcim Ltd has decided to enlarge the Executive Committee and appointed Urs Böhlen, Area Manager of Holcim Ltd, and Patrick Dolberg, CEO of Holcim US, new members of the Executive Committee.
Urs Böhlen will be taking over responsibility for Eastern/Southeastern Europe and the CIS/Caspian region from Hansueli Heé effective November 1, 2008. As of the same date, Patrick Dolberg will assume responsibility for Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
Urs Böhlen holds a degree in business administration (lic.rer.pol.) from the University of Berne (Switzerland). Following his studies, he was working with a leading Swiss bank and subsequently was Head of Controlling with a telecommunications company. He complemented his professional training at the Stanford Business School (USA). Urs Böhlen joined Holcim in 1985, assuming overall management of the former Cementfabrik "Holderbank". From 1992 until 1998, he served as CEO of Holcim Switzerland. Since 1998, he has been Area Manager of Holcim Ltd responsible for Eastern/Southeastern Europe and the CIS/Caspian region.
Patrick Dolberg has an MBA from the Solvay Business School (Belgium). He began his professional career with Exxon Chemical. From 1984 to 1986, he worked in sales and marketing with the Unilever Group and Exxon Chemical. Subsequently, he held executive positions with Exxon Chemical International and Monsanto. Patrick Dolberg joined the Holcim Group in 1991. From 1992 to the end of 1996, he was General Manager of Scoribel, a Belgian Group company of Holcim. In 1997, he assumed management responsibility for a Holcim Group company in Australia. Patrick Dolberg was appointed CEO of St. Lawrence Cement at the end of 1998 and has been CEO of Holcim US since March 2003.
In conjunction with these appointments, additional changes in the senior management of Holcim Ltd will occur:
Bernard Terver, currently Area Manager for Argentina, Chile, the Andes nations and parts of Central America, has been appointed CEO of Holcim US and in line with corporate policy will be resigning from the senior management of Holcim Ltd. His function will be taken over by Andreas Leu, currently CEO of Holcim Ecuador. Bernard Kueng, Area Manager for France, Belgium and the Netherlands, has decided to seek for a new challenge outside of Holcim.
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Holcim is one of the world's leading suppliers of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, gravel and sand) as well as further activities such as ready-mix concrete and asphalt including services. The Group holds majority and minority interests in more than 70 countries on all continents.
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