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WCA appoints first CEO

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The World Cement Association (WCA) has announced that it has appointed Ian Riley as its first CEO, effective from 1 September. This comes as Norman Greig retires from his role as Secretary General, a role he has held since the association’s formation in 2016.

Riley has a wealth of international experience, having worked across the cement industry in Europe, America, Asia, and most recently in China, where he spent the last 10 years as Country Head for LafargeHolcim.

One of Riley’s first responsibilities will be to oversee the third WCA World Cement Conference, which will take place in Shanghai on 9 – 11 September.

At the same time, Norman Greig has announced his retirement as the Association’s Secretary General, concluding a long and impressive international career in the cement industry. He has been instrumental in driving the growth of the WCA since its inception, helping it to become a world-leading organisation.

“We are delighted that Ian has agreed to join the WCA as its CEO, at an exciting time in our history,” said Vincent Lefebvre, WCA Chairman. “His experience and drive will be invaluable as we work to take our organisation to the next level in the months and years ahead.”

“I have been really impressed with the growth of the WCA over the last few years and am looking forward to building on these achievements going forward, together with our diverse and international membership,” said Riley. “Now, more than ever, the global cement industry needs a strong, ambitious, and uniting voice if we are to successfully face the challenges that lie ahead, and it is a great privilege to be leading the WCA at this time.”

“It is with regret but the very warmest wishes that we say goodbye to Norman,” said Song Zhiping, WCA President. “We are indebted to him for all his diligence and hard work in building the WCA from scratch to becoming well recognised as a voice of the global cement industry.”

Kirsty Monk, who is the WCA’s Membership and Administration Manager and who has also been with the association since its launch, will additionally take on the role of Company Secretary.

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