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LafargeHolcim: New board members proposed


Professor Dr Philippe Block and Kim Fausing proposed for election to the board of directors

TWO new members will be proposed for election to the board of directors of LafargeHolcim at the company’s Annual General Meeting of shareholders, which is scheduled to take place on 12 May 2020.

The board of directors of will request shareholders to approve the appointment of Professor Dr Philippe Block and Kim Fausing as new members, adding perspectives from academia and the building industry to an already expert, diverse board.


Dr Block, a Belgian national, is Professor of Architecture and Structure at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland. He is the founder and co-director of the Block Research Group at ETH where his research focuses on the analysis of unreinforced masonry structures, structural design, computational form finding, and new construction techniques.

He is also the director of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) for Digital Fabrication, and since 2014 has served on the Academic Committee of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.

Mr Fausing, a Danish national, began his professional career with the Hilti Group in Denmark 1990. He went on to run its operations then took over country operations in Austria and Japan before becoming division president at Hilti’s headquarters in Liechtenstein.

In 2007 Mr Fausing moved to the Danish Danfoss Group to assume the role of chief operating officer, and in January 2008 he became a member of their executive committee, which he has chaired since July 2017 as president and chief executive officer.

With the exception of Paul Desmarais Jr, all other existing members of the board will stand for re-election, with Beat Hess remaining as chairman.

Mr Hess commented: ‘On behalf of the entire board of directors, I would like to thank Paul Desmarais Jr for his generous contributions over the past years. He will be missed.

‘At the same time, I am glad we can propose these two outstanding candidates. I’m confident they would strengthen our board’s expertise by adding vast experience with multinational corporations as well as the perspective of a renowned academic who has focused on creating sustainable solutions.’

Owing to the exceptional circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic, shareholder attendance at the 2020 AGM will not be possible. The board of directors has therefore resolved that shareholders shall be represented exclusively by the independent proxy. The results of the AGM will be available following the meeting at:


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