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Jesús Ortiz Used to head Spanish cement manufacturer’s group

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Jesús Ortiz Used, CEO of HeidelbergCement in Spain and president of UEPG (Union of European Producers of Aggregates), has been unanimously elected president of the group of cement manufacturers of Spain (Oficemen) after the last board of directors of Oficemen. Jesús Ortiz relieves the CEO of Cemex España Operaciones, SLU, Jaime Ruiz de Haro.

From his new responsibility, Jesus Ortiz will promote the proposals and initiatives that aim to tackle the future challenges of the Spanish cement industry, as well as addressing the current crisis of the sector due to the continued absence of public works.

"At the end of the public work is added the increase in energy costs, which cripple the competitiveness of our industry in foreign markets," explains the new president of Oficemen, adding to these challenges, as a priority, improving the recognition of the cement sector and its by-products between public opinion and administrations. "Spanish society does not use, like many of our European neighbors, the potential contribution of our industry to circular economy and energy valorisation. We have a modern industry, which brings together the latest advances in R&D in its processes, with a highly qualified staff, whose contribution to the circular economy and the fight against climate change is clear: either empowering tools such as substitution of fossil fuels or the recovery of materials, that allow to reduce the consumption of nonrenewable raw materials, or simply with the continuous improvement of our products, cement and its main derivative, concrete, whose properties throughout its life cycle make it a future material, highly competitive, capable of reducing the carbon footprint on the planet."

Jesús Ortiz began his professional career in French Economic Diplomacy in 1983 and joined the cement industry in the area of Development and Strategy in 1989. He was Commercial General Director of Financiera y Minera (now part of HeidelbergCement) in Spain until 2002. From 2002 to 2007 he was president and CEO of the subsidiaries of the Ciments Français group in Greece and Bulgaria. In 2007, he moved to the group HeidelbergCement to assume the general direction of its activities in Spain. From 2012 until 2016, he moved to Brussels to take over the supervision of the aggregate and concrete activities of the HeidelbergCement group in the European and Mediterranean area. Following the acquisition of the Italcementi group by HeidelbergCement in July 2016, Jesús Ortiz returned to Spain to carry out the integration of the two entities in our country and lead their recovery and development.

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