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NCCBM appoints makes new senior appointments

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The Board of Governors of National Council for Cement and Building Materials (NCCBM), an autonomous R&D organisation under the administrative control of Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, has appointed Mr. K C Jhanwar as its new Chairman and Mr. Neeraj Akhoury as its new Vice-Chairman for the year 2021 & 2022.

Mr. K C Jhanwar is the Managing Director of UltraTech Cement Ltd., the largest cement manufacturer in India. He is also a Director on the Board of Aditya Birla Management Corporation Pvt. Ltd. He has a career spanning more than 40 years and started his career with the Cement Business of Aditya Birla Group in 1981. He has worked across Finance, operations and general management roles in the cement and chemical sectors and has exceptional relationship building skills with customers. He is a Chartered Accountant by qualification. He is the President of Cement Manufacturer's Association (CMA).

Mr. Neeraj Akhoury, is the CEO India of LafargeHolcim and Managing Director & CEO of Ambuja Cements Limited. He brings with him over 28 years of rich experience in the steel and cement industries. He has worked in leadership roles in India and other emerging markets. He began his career with Tata Steel in 1993 and joined the LafargeHolcim Group in 1999. In 2011, he moved to Nigeria as CEO & Managing Director of Lafarge AshakaCem PLC. Thereafter, he was appointed as Strategy & Business Development Director for the Middle East & Africa at the erstwhile Lafarge headquarters in Paris. He was also the CEO of Lafarge Surma Cement Limited and country representative of LH, Bangladesh. He was the MD & CEO of ACC Ltd. till February 20, 2020. Mr. Akhoury has a degree in Economics and an MBA from the University of Liverpool. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School (GMP) and had studied General Management at XLRI, Jamshedpur. He is the Vice President of Cement Manufacturer's Association (CMA).

Dr. B N Mohapatra, NCCBM Director General, shared his views on these appointments:

We, at NCCBM, are very fortunate to have the leadership of Sh K C Jhanwar Ji and Sh Neeraj Akhoury Ji. With their vast experience and visionary leadership, we hope to strengthen our research activities and take new initiatives in implementation of circular economy, reduction of carbon footprint, and conservation of resources, which will lead towards sustainable development of cement and construction sector.

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