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New cement sector appointments

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CTLGroup has named Timothy Tonyan, Ph.D. as Senior Vice President. Dr Tonyan joined CTLGroup in 2009 as a Principal Materials Scientist to provide leadership to CTLGroup’s Materials Consulting Practice. His promotion is part of the firm’s recent new leadership under the direction of Brent Nixon, Ph.D, P.E., President and Chief Executive Officer of CTLGroup. Dr Tonyan will have leadership responsibility for firm-wide business development, project management of multidisciplinary teams and the promotion of CTLGroup’s services across the industry.

Dr Tonyan has over 21 years of experience in materials consulting and research of building materials, cement and gypsum-based composite materials and building systems performance. He is a named inventor on 17 patents related to cement and gypsum based materials and building systems. At CTLGroup, he manages the Materials Consulting Practice responsible for operations, marketing and quality assurance of the consulting group and materials and structural transportation laboratories. He leads the firm’s Energy and Resources Practice Group, providing strategic direction, marketing and project management of significant projects in the nuclear industry, and serves as Officer of Nuclear Affairs at CTLGroup.

“Tim is an industry leader in materials science and brings proven success in the growth and expansion of CTLGroup’s Materials Consulting Practice,” said Nixon. “His management ability and passion for innovation will provide the marketing leadership in broadening our expert services and client base in expanding markets around the globe.”


James Schak has been named Product Manager of Fluid Bed Processing Equipment for Kason, where he will oversee expansion and technical support of the company's line of Vibro-Bed™ circular vibratory fluid bed dryers and coolers.

“Jim brings 30-plus years of experience with direct and indirect dryers, ranging from process engineering and design to teaching and marketing," said Henry Alamzad, President of Kason. "We expect him to expand the application range of Kason's circular vibratory design through his wealth of technical expertise."

Schak was previously Chem Systems National Sales Manager for GEA Niro in Columbia, Maryland, and a Process Engineer for The Witte Company in Washington, New Jersey. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and has been the instructor for the University of Wisconsin’s Drying Technology Course for over 13 years.


Holcim and Lafarge have announced their intention to combine the two companies through a merger of equals, creating LafargeHolcim. The new company will operate under the local governance rules with a board composed of equal numbers of Lafarge and Holcim directors.

The Chairman of the new board will be Wolfgang Reitzle, future Chairman of Holcim. Bruno Lafont, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge, will become Chief Executive Officer of the new group and a member of the board. Thomas Aebischer, Holcim’s Chief Financial Officer, will become Chief Financial Officer of the new group and Jean-Jacques Gauthier, Lafarge’s Chief Financial Officer, will become Chief Integration Officer of the new group. The Executive Committee will be formed from both Lafarge and Holcim management.

Edited from various sources by Rosalie Starling

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