Executive Committee

Eric Olsen

Chief Executive Officer

French and American national born in 1964, Eric Olsen has been the CEO of LafargeHolcim Ltd since July 10, 2015. He is a graduate in finance and accounting of the University of Colorado and holds a Masters of Business Administration degree awarded by the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC). Eric Olsen joined Lafarge North America Inc. in 1999 as Senior Vice-President Strategy and Development. In 2001, he was appointed President of the Cement Division for the Northeast Region of North America and Senior Vice-President Purchasing for Lafarge North America Inc. He was appointed Chief Finance Officer of Lafarge North America Inc. in 2004. He was appointed Executive Vice President for Organization and Human Resources and became a member of the Executive Committee in 2007. As of September 1, 2013, he was appointed Executive Vice-President Operations. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of Cimpress N.V. (The Netherlands).

Ron Wirahadiraksa

Chief Financial Officer

Dutch national born in 1960, Ron Wirahadiraksa has been CFO of LafargeHolcim Ltd since December 1, 2015. He graduated with a Doctoral in Business Economics from the Free University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He also graduated as a Certified Registered Controller from the Free University of Amsterdam. Ron Wirahadiraksa joined the Philips group in 1987. He became Chief Financial Officer at LG. Philips LCD in South Korea in 1999, during which time he shared operating leadership with the Korean CEO. He also led the 2004 initial public offering of LG. Philips LCD on the Korean and New York Stock Exchanges and supported the significant growth and market leadership of the company. He became Chief Financial Officer at Philips Healthcare in 2008 and in 2011 he took over as CFO for the Philips Group.

Urs Bleisch

Performance & Cost

Swiss national born in 1960, Urs Bleisch has been a Member of the Executive Committee of LafargeHolcim Ltd (then “Holcim Ltd”) since September 30, 2014 and is responsible for Performance & Cost. He holds a Master’s in Business and Economics from the University of Basel. Urs Bleisch joined Holcim in 1994 as Head IT of Holcim Switzerland. From 2000 onward, he assumed Group-wide responsibility for Information Technology and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the global IT strategy of the Holcim Group. Since 2011, he has managed the Information and Knowledge Management function at Holcim Group Support Ltd. As of September 1, 2012 he was appointed CEO of Holcim Group Services Ltd and of Holcim Technology Ltd. He lead the global functions Customer Excellence (Marketing & Commercial), Aggregates & Construction Materials, Logistics, Cement Manufacturing, CAPEX Projects, Sustainable Development, Alternative Fuels and Resources, Innovation (including Knowledge Management), and the Program Management Office (PMO) for the Holcim Leadership Journey.

Alain Bourguignon

North America

French national born in 1959, Alain Bourguignon has been a Member of the Executive Committee of LafargeHolcim Ltd since July 10, 2015 and is responsible for North America. He holds a masters degree in economics and finance from the University of Lille, France, and is a certified public accountant. Alain Bourguignon joined Holcim in 1988 as Head of Controlling of Holcim France. He then became Chief Financial Officer of Holcim France in 1996, Chief Financial Officer of Holcim France-Benelux in 1998, and Managing Director of Holcim France-Benelux in 2001. In 2007, he joined Holcim Spain as Chief Operating Officer and was later appointed Chief Executive Officer. In 2010, he became Chief Executive Officer of Aggregate Industries Europe and in 2014 Area Manager, North America and the United Kingdom.

Pascal Casanova

Latin America

French national born in 1968, Pascal Casanova has been a Member of the Executive Committee of LafargeHolcim Ltd since July 10, 2015 and is responsible for Latin America. He is a graduate of the École Polythechnique in civil engineering and holds a PhD in Materials and Structures from the École Nationale des Ponts et Chassées. Pascal Casanova was hired in 1999 as Technical Director for Lafarge and was subsequently appointed Head of R&D and Industrial Performance of the Roofing activity based in the UK. In 2005, he directed the international activity of Roofing Components headquartered in Oberursel, Germany, ensuring the development of production and international sales, particularly in Malaysia, USA, South Africa, Brazil, and Western/Eastern Europe. In 2008, he was appointed Head of R&D of the Lafarge Group. In 2012 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge France.

Jean-Jacques Gauthier

Integration, Organization & Human Resources

French national born in 1959, Jean-Jacques Gauthier has been a Member of the Executive Committee of LafargeHolcim Ltd since July 10, 2015 and is responsible for Integration, Organization & Human Resources. He graduated in law and economics. Jean-Jacques Gauthier began his career with Ernst & Young in 1983. In 1986 he joined the Finance department of the Matra group. From 1988 to 1991, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Matra Datavision in the United States, and in 1988, he joined the General Management of Lagardère Group as Director of Audit of the Matra and Hachette groups. In 1993, he became the Chief Financial Officer of Matra Espace, and in 1996, Deputy General Manager and Chief Financial Officer of the Franco-British company Matra Marconi Space. When Astrium was created in 2000 through the merger of the space activities of the Matra, GEC, and Deutsche Aerospace groups, he became Deputy General Manager and Chief Financial Officer. In 2001 he was appointed Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice-President and a Member of the Executive Committee of the Lafarge Group.

Roland Köhler

Region Head Europe

Swiss national born in 1953, Roland Köhler has been a Member of the Executive Committee of LafargeHolcim Ltd (then “Holcim Ltd”) since March 15, 2010 and is responsible for Europe. He is a graduate in business administration from the University of Zurich. Roland Köhler joined the building materials group Hunziker, Switzerland, in 1988 as Head of Finance and Administration and transferred to Holcim Group Support Ltd as a Management Consultant in 1994. From 1995 to 1998, he was Head of Corporate Controlling and, from 1999 to end 2001, Head of Business Risk Management. Since 2002, he has headed Corporate Strategy & Risk Management. Effective January 1, 2005, Roland Köhler was promoted to Corporate Functional Manager responsible for Corporate Strategy & Risk Management. On March 15, 2010, he was appointed Member of the Executive Committee and CEO of Holcim Group Support Ltd. Since September 1, 2012 Roland Köhler has been responsible for the Group region Europe.

Gérard Kuperfarb

Growth & Innovation

French national born in 1961, Gérard Kuperfarb has been a Member of the Executive Committee of LafargeHolcim Ltd since July 10, 2015 and is responsible for Growth & Innovation. He graduated from the École des mines de Nancy (France). He also holds a Master’s degree in Materials Science from the École des mines de Paris and an MBA from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC). Gérard Kuperfarb began his career in 1983 as an Engineer at the Centre de Mise en Forme des Matériaux (CEMEF) of the École des mines de Paris, before joining the Composite Materials Division at Ciba group in 1986, where he held sales and marketing positions. In 1989, he joined a strategy consulting firm in Brussels and Paris. He joined Lafarge in 1992 as Marketing Director for the Refractories business and then became Vice-President for Strategy at Lafarge Specialty Materials. In 1996, he became Vice-President of Ready-Mix Concrete Strategy in Paris. In 1998, he was appointed Vice-President/General Manager for the Aggregates & Concrete Business in southwest Ontario (Canada) before heading the Performance group at Lafarge Construction Materials in North America in 2001. He joined the Aggregates & Concrete Division in Paris as Senior Vice-President of Performance in 2002. From 2005 to August 2007, he was President of the Aggregates & Concrete Business for eastern Canada. On September 1, 2007, he became Executive Vice-President, Co-President of the Aggregates & Concrete Business, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Lafarge Group and since January 1, 2012 executive Vice-President Innovation of Lafarge.

Saâd Sebbar

Middle East Africa

Moroccan and French national born in 1965, Saâd Sebbar has been a Member of the Executive Committee of LafargeHolcim Ltd since July 10, 2015 and is responsible for Middle East Africa. He is an aeronautics engineer and graduated from the ESSEC Business School in Paris. Before joining Lafarge, Saâd Sebbar worked as an Investment Advisor and then as a Management and Organization Consultant. He joined Lafarge in 1997 as a Plant Manager and subsequently held several other positions in operations. In 2002, he was appointed Managing Director of Lafarge-Titan Egypt. From 2004 to 2008, he held the position of Managing Director of Herakles General Company in Greece, and then became East Asia Regional President with responsibility for South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines. In 2012, he was appointed country Chief Executive Officer for Lafarge Morocco.

Ian Thackwray

Asia Pacific

British national born in 1958, Ian Thackwray has been a Member of the Executive Committee of LafargeHolcim Ltd (then “Holcim Ltd”) since the beginning of 2010 and is responsible for Asia Pacific. He holds an MA (Hons) in Chemistry from Oxford University and is also a chartered accountant. Ian Thackwray joined Pricewaterhouse and handled major corporate accounts in Europe. In 1985, he started a career with Dow Corning Corporation, serving in various management roles in Europe, North America, and particularly in Asia. From 2004 to 2006, he served as Dow Corning’s Asian-Pacific President based out of Shanghai. Between 2006 and 2010, he was Chief Executive Officer of Holcim Philippines.