Jean-Charles Blatz has been appointed Executive Vice President responsible for the Aggregates and Concrete Division, replacing Charles de Liedekerke who has left the Group. In this new role, he will be a member of the Group's Executive Committee.
A graduate of the prestigious Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris and holder of a master's degree in private law, Jean-Charles Blatz has spent his entire career at Lafarge.
He joined the Group in 1970 as head of Ciments Lafarge's organisation and methods. In 1973, he was appointed finance director of Allia, the Group's bathroom equipment and installations subsidiary, and subsequently head of treasury and financing at Lafarge-Coppée. From 1989 to 1993, he was managing director of Cementia and led the Group's expansion drive in Central Europe. Following an appointment as performance director at the Aggregates and Concrete Division between 1993 and 1995, Jean-Charles Blatz has been regional manager for the Mediterranean Region and Trading operations of the Cement Division since 1995.
This appointment became effective on 19 April 2004.
The Aggregates and Concrete Division of Lafarge, which ranks second worldwide in its sector, is present in 22 countries. It operates 655 aggregates quarries and 1,073 concrete plants. In 2003, it posted sales of €4.465 billion and had 20,547 employees. The Division sells ranges of aggregates, ready-mix concrete, prefabricated concrete and asphalt and paving for engineering structures, roads and buildings.
Lafarge, the world leader in building materials, holds top-ranking positions in all four of its Divisions: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete, Roofing and Gypsum. Lafarge employs 75,000 people in 75 countries and posted sales of €13.6 billion in 2003.
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