As a result of long-term oriented succession planning and the planned acquisition of Italcementi, HeidelbergCement announced that the managing board agreements of Daniel Gauthier and Andreas Kern, which expire on June 30, 2016, will not be extended. Three new members will join the managing board, effective Feb. 1, 2016, and a new managing board function will be created for the Africa-Eastern Mediterranean Basin area.
The three new members are Hakan Gurdal, strategic business unit president – cement at Istanbul-based Sabanci Holding, a HeidelbergCement joint venture; Jon Morrish, president and CEO, Lehigh Hanson; and Kevin Gluskie, CEO of Australia, Malaysia and Hong Kong, Hanson.
Chairman of the Supervisory Board Fritz-Jürgen Heckmann and Chairman of the Managing Board Dr. Bernd Scheifele thanked the outgoing members: “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.”
Due to the increased number of group countries after the anticipated mid-2016 closing of the Italcementi acquisition, HeidelbergCement also announced it will be divided into the following group areas at the managing board level: Western and Southern Europe, managed by Dr. Dominik von Achten; Northern and Eastern Europe-Central Asia, Dr. Albert Scheuer; Africa-Eastern Mediterranean Basin, Hakan Gurdal; North America, Jon Morrish; and Asia-Pacific, Kevin Gluskie.
“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 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.”