HeidelbergCement Announces Board Changes

HeidelbergCement announced a succession plan that will see an early-2020 shift of executives on the managing board. Upon conclusion of his third term at the end of January 2020, Dr. Bernd Scheifele will vacate his role of chairman of the managing board, and will stand as supervisory board chair candidate in 2022. Succeeding him will be Managing Board Deputy Chairman Dr. Domink von Achten, whose present responsibilities for the Western and Southern Europe businesses transition to current North American head Jon Morrish.

“The changes are part of long-term succession planning,” said HeidelbergCement Supervisory Board Chairman Fritz-Jürgen Heckmann. “Since assuming office in 2005, Dr. Scheifele has decisively shaped the group and successfully moved it into new dimensions both operationally and strategically. By introducing effective management processes and a lean organization, he significantly increased the competitiveness of HeidelbergCement, propelling us to the forefront of the industry. He has also overseen expansion of our geographic footprint and the scope of our core activities and made HeidelbergCement the leading vertically integrated building materials company globally.”

Other transitions noted in the succession plan: 

  • In August 2019, Ernest Jelito, currently head of Poland activities, will succeed Dr. Albert Scheuer as member of the managing board in charge of the Northern and Eastern Europe-Central Asia group.
  • Chris Ward, whose currently responsible for the Canada region, will be promoted to the managing board and take on responsibility for North America from Morrish, effective Feb. 1, 2020.
  • The supervisory board has extended the contract of Chief Financial Officer Dr. Lorenz Näger until May 2022 and appointed him as deputy chairman of the managing board effective Feb. 1, 2020.

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