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Industry News sustainable construction and to better serve architectural cre- positioned to lead the combined company for the benefit of ativity. More information is available on Lafarge’s website, employees, shareholders, and customers. Bruno and I will sup- www.lafarge.com. port Eric Olsen in creating a new joint culture that will be the key driver for our premier competitive position.” Industry Personnel Lafarge Chairman and CEO and future LafargeHolcim Co- Chairman Bruno Lafont said, “Eric has been proposed as future Eric Olsen Appointed as Future CEO CEO of LafargeHolcim both for his personal and professional of LafargeHolcim and markets. He is driven, with energy and determination. Hequalities. He has a deep knowledge of our activities, clients In the framework of their proposed merger is a true leader, with the ability to bring the teams together to of equals, and following a proposal from drive a strong value creation culture for our shareholders. I have Lafarge Chairman and CEO Bruno Lafont, every confidence in his ability to deliver the synergies announced the Boards of Directors of Lafarge and and ensure the development and the success of LafargeHolcim.” Holcim have approved the appointment of Eric Olsen as future Chief Executive Officer A. James Clark, 1927–2015 of LafargeHolcim, to be in office as from A. James Clark died on March 20, 2015. A the closing of the merger project. Eric Olsen He joined Lafarge North America in legendary builder, Clark led Clark Construc- tion Group for decades. His remarkable 1999, as Senior Vice President for Strategy and Development, vision and direction transformed a local leading the integration of Blue Circle’s North American construction company into one of the largest operations and restructuring cement assets. Since 2001, he and most respected general contractors in served as both President, North-East Cement region, and Senior Vice President, Purchasing. Since 2004, Olsen served as Chief A. James Clark the United States. Financial Officer and Senior Vice­Presi- dent for Lafarge North America. From 2007 to 2012, he served as Executive Vice President, Organization and Human Resources of Lafarge Group. In this role, he led the integration of the Egyptian Orascom, a major acquisition with operations in Africa, Middle East and Asia. Olsen also led the 2012 reorganiza- tion of the Group with a focus on country organization around end-market segments. Prior to Lafarge, Olsen started his career in the field of M&A at Deloitte & Touche, Banque Paribas and was one of the managing partners of Trinity Associ- ates for 6 years. He is a business graduate from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, and received his MBA from HEC Interna- tional Business School in Paris, France. Eric Olsen is a Board Member of Cimpress N.V., chairing its compensation committee, and is a member of its audit committee. He is the Chairman of the Board for the American School of Paris. Commenting on the appointment, Wolf- gang Reitzle, Chairman of the Holcim Board and future Co-Chairman of Lafarge- Holcim, said, “I very much welcome Eric Olsen as future CEO for LafargeHolcim. With his broad international experience and insights in key markets, he is best Shotcrete • Spring 2015 63


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