Lafarge Africa Plc Announces Board Changes

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The logo of the French building materials maker Lafarge is seen in Paris, France May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

The Board of Directors of Lafarge Africa Plc hereby notifies The Exchange of the following Board changes:
1. The resignation of Mr. Guillaume Roux; Vice-Chairman, Dr. Adebayo Jimoh andAlhaji Umaru Kwairanga as Non-Executive Directors of Lafarge Africa Plc with effect from the 6th of April 2018;

2. The appointment of Ms. Sylvie Rochier, presently a Non-Executive Director of the Company, as Vice-Chairman of the Board with effect from the 7th of April 2018 and;

3. The appointments of Ms Geraldine Picaud, Mr. Christof Hassig and Mr. Grant Earnshaw as Non-Executive Directors and members of the Board of Directors of Lafarge Africa Plc with effect from the 7th of April 2018; 

Brief Profile of the Newly Appointed Directors


Ms. Geraldine Picaud

Ms. Geraldine Picaud is a trained auditor with 20 years of experience in leading and transforming Finance teams in complex, multinational companies in the United Kingdom, United States of America, France and Switzerland. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Reims Superior School of Commerce. She is currently the Chief Financial Officer of LafargeHolcim. Prior to joining LafargeHolcim Group in 2018, she was Group CFO and member of the Executive Committee, Essilor International, Paris, France; CFO, Volcafe Holdings Limited (ED &F Man Coffee Division), Zurich, Switzerland, Head of Corporate Finance in charge of M&A, ED&F Man, London, UK; and CFO, Safic Alean SAS, Paris, France.

Mr. Christof Hassig

Mr. Christof Hassig joined Holcim Group in 1999. Before then he worked for 25 years at UBS in many different functions, including global relationship manager and investment banker for multinational corporates in Switzerland and abroad. Mr. Hassig holds a Master’s degree in Banking and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is currently Head of Corporate Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions at LafargeHolcim.

Mr. Grant Earnshaw

Mr. Earnshaw holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from Edinburgh Business School and is a certified Building and Civil Engineer from Peterborough Technical College with trainings in Concrete Technology & Construction from UK Construction Industry Training Board. Mr. Earnshaw has held several positions at LafargeHolcim, including Senior VP Head of Integration, CEO of Lafarge Iraq, Group Vice President, Strategy, Development, Mergers & Acqusitions EMEA Region – Lafarge (UK and France) and Managing Director, Lafarge Middle East and Project Engineer at Balfour Beatty PLC. Mr. Earnshaw is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (UK). Mr. Earnshaw is currently LafargeHolcim Area Manager for Middle East.

We make this announcement in compliance with the Nigerian Stock Exchange listing rules. 

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