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HeidelbergCement announces changes to its Managing Board

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HeidelbergCement has made some changes to its Managing Board in the context of the group’s reorganisation pending the acquisition of Italcementi. Three new members will be appointed to the Managing Board from 1 February 2016 and a new Managing Board function was created for the Group area Africa-Eastern Mediterranean Basin. The Managing Board agreements of Daniel Gauthier and Andreas Kern will expire on 30 June 2016 and will not be extended.

The Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Fritz-Jürgen Heckmann, and the Chairman of the Managing Board, Dr. Bernd Scheifele, thanked the outgoing members of the Board: “During three terms of office, i.e. 15 years, Daniel Gauthier and Andreas Kern have both contributed significantly to the success of HeidelbergCement with their dedicated work in the Managing Board. They have played a big part in the continuous growth of HeidelbergCement and in its becoming a true global player during that time.”

The new members of the Managing Board will be Hakan Gurdal from Turkey, currently President of the SBU cement of Sabanci Holding, Jon Morrish from the UK, currently Regional President South in North America, and the Australian Kevin Gluskie, currently CEO of Australia as well as Malaysia and Hong Kong. All three have many years of experience in the business lines and international markets of HeidelbergCement.

At Managing Board level, HeidelbergCement will divided into the following Group areas:

  • Western and Southern Europe (Dr. Dominik von Achten, Heidelberg)
  • Northern and Eastern Europe-Central Asia (Dr. Albert Scheuer, Heidelberg)
  • Africa-Eastern Mediterranean Basin (Hakan Gurdal, Heidelberg)
  • North America (Jon Morrish, Dallas)
  • Asia-Pacific (Kevin Gluskie, Singapore)

The areas of responsibility of the Chairman of the Managing Board, Dr. Bernd Scheifele, and Chief Financial Officer, Dr. Lorenz Näger, remain unchanged.

"The global business activities of HeidelbergCement are even better represented by the newly appointed members to the Managing Board. The composition of the Managing Board with complementary members, their comprehensive market knowledge and long-term operative experience as well as technological expertise are an important factor of success for HeidelbergCement,” added Dr. Bernd Scheifele. “The new appointments to the Managing Board stand for a generation change and are also a sign of continuity in the top management of the company on its way to becoming one of the largest building materials groups in the world." 

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