Representing 57.8 percent of the company’s share capital, the 2,076 shareholders attending the 100th Annual General Meeting of Holcim Ltd approved all the motions proposed by the Board of Directors with large majorities.
In particular, the payout from capital contribution reserves of CHF 1.- per registered share was approved. The payment will take place on April 24, 2012. The remuneration report was confirmed in an advisory vote by shareholders holding approximately 79 percent of the share capital represented.
Newly elected to the Board of Directors was Prof. Dr. Ing. Wolfgang Reitzle, 63. He is a German citizen, studied engineering and economics at the Technical University of Munich and holds a degree and a PhD in mechanical engineering. From 1976 to 1999 he worked for the car manufacturer BMW, where in 1987 he was appointed regular member of the Executive Board, responsible for research and development. In 1999, Wolfgang Reitzle took over as CEO of the Premier Automotive Group and Vice President of the US car manufacturer Ford. In 2002, he joined the Executive Committee of Linde, a world-leading gases and engineering company, and became CEO in 2003.
Board members Adrian Loader, Dr. h.c. Thomas Schmidheiny and Dr. Dieter Spälti were re-elected for a further three-year term.
At the Annual General Meeting, the Chairman bade farewell to Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Schürer, who had served on the Board since 1997, and CEO Markus Akermann, who started his Holcim career in 1978, being appointed a member of the Executive Committee in 1993. From 2002 until his retirement at the end of January 2012, he was CEO of Holcim Ltd. Dr. Rolf Soiron thanked them both for their valuable service over many years.
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Holcim is one of the world's leading suppliers of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, sand and gravel) as well as further activities such as ready-mix concrete and asphalt including services. The Group holds majority and minority interests in around 70 countries on all continents.
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