Kareen Rispal has been appointed as Senior Vice-President Sustainable Development and Public Affairs of Lafarge Group, effective from January 1st, 2011.
Kareen Rispal has in turn worked on atomic and spatial issues, before turning to European questions. Starting out as a technical advisor with the office of Roger Fauroux, French minister of Industry and Town and Country Planning (1990-91), then with the office of Bernard Kouchner, French minister of Health and Humanitarian Action (1991-93), she joined the department of the prime minister as sector head of external economic relations with the SGCI (Secretariat General of the inter-ministerial committee for questions on European economic co-operation) between 1993 and 1995. Having been deputy director of community law in the legal affairs department of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1997-2000), she was appointed senior advisor to London (2000-2002), before running the office of Noëlle Lenoir, minister for European Affairs. As deputy director of European cooperation from 2003 to 2005, she was appointed secretary general of the French delegation to the 60th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, before taking up the post of cultural and cooperation advisor at the French Embassy to the United States, from January 2006 to September 2010.
A graduate of the Institut d'Études Politiques in Paris with a master's in public law, Kareen Rispal joined the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs on leaving the Ecole Nationale d'Administration in 1986.
On January 1st 2011, she will take over from Olivier Luneau, who has occupied the post since 2005 and will retire at the end of the year.
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Lafarge is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum. With 78,000 employees in 78 countries, Lafarge posted sales of Euros 15.9 billion in 2009.
In 2010 and for the sixth year in a row, Lafarge was listed in the ‘Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World'. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.