The Lafarge Board of Directors, meeting on February 23, 2005, announced that it will submit for approval to the annual general meeting of Lafarge Shareholders, the renewal of Director's term of Michel Bon, Bertrand Collomb and Alain Joly. The Board will also propose the appointment as Directors of Jean-Pierre Boisivon, Philippe Charrier, Oscar Fanjul and Bruno Lafont, to replace Bernard Isautier, who left the Board at the end of 2004, and Jean Keller, Patrice Le Hodey, Robert Murdoch, whose terms are ending.
Bertrand Collomb, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said :
« On behalf of the Board, I wish to thank Bernard Isautier, Jean Keller, Patrice Le Hodey and Robert Murdoch for their contributions to the work of the Board and their care for corporate governance. We will be happy to keep on relying on the experience and quality of Michel Bon and Alain Joly, and we are pleased to welcome three new independent Directors, highly recognized, Jean-Pierre Boisivon, Philippe Charrier and Oscar Fanjul. Finally, the Board will be delighted to welcome Bruno Lafont, who since May 2003, has joined the Direction Générale of the Lafarge Group.»
- Jean-Pierre Boisivon is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Centre National d'Enseignement à Distance (CNED), General Delegate at the Institut de l'Entreprise, and Chairman of the Comité d'organisation des expositions du travail « Un des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France ».
- Philippe Charrier is Chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble in France. He is notably Director of Eco Emballages, of the Fondation HEC and of the Institut de Liaisons et d'Etudes des Industries Economiques (ILEC). He is also Vice Chairman of Entreprise et Progrès.
- Oscar Fanjul is Honorary Chairman of Repsol SA and Vice Chairman of Omega Capital company. He is notably Director of Unilever, of Marsh & McLennan Companies and of the London Stock Exchange. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of Carlyle Group in Europe and of Sviluppo Italia. He is also an International Adviser to Goldman Sachs.
- Bruno Lafont has been Chief Operating Officer of the Lafarge Group since May 2003.
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