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HeidelbergCements takes action to achieve ‘Beyond 2020’ goals


May 28, 2021
By Rock to Road Staff

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In line with HeidelbergCement’s ‘Beyond 2020’ strategic goals, the supervisory board of HeidelbergCement has decided to establish two new positions on the managing board: chief sustainability officer, and chief digital officer, and has announced the replacement of the company’s soon-to-retire CFO.

All changes, which will become effective as of September 1, 2021, have been implemented to further drive the company’s transformation in sustainability and digitalization.

Meet the team

To drive the company toward carbon neutrality, Dr. Nicola Kimm, newly-appointed chief sustainability officer of HeidelbergCement, will be responsible for environment social governance, global research and development, and new technologies. As a trained ecologist and chemical engineer and with a PhD in business engineering, she has gained almost 25 years of international professional experience, and has held positions at BASF, Corbion/CSM and Philips.

Sharing the company’s vision for innovation, technology, and digitalization, Dennis Lentz, newly-appointed chief digital officer of HeidelbergCement, will be responsible for the company’s digital transformation. Prior to HeidelbergCement, Lentz worked as a management consultant in the building materials and mining industry with a strong focus on process optimization.

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After more than 22 years as chief financial officer (CFO) at HeidelbergCement, Dr. Lorenz Näger will retire at the end of August 2021. “We express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Lorenz Näger,” said Fritz-Jürgen Heckmann, chairman of the supervisory board of HeidelbergCement AG.

“As group CFO, he has played an instrumental and successful role in shaping HeidelbergCement for almost two decades.”

Replacing Dr. Näger, René Aldach joined HeidelbergCement in 2004, and his management skills in numerous international roles in Germany, Africa, and Australia, including CFO of Hanson Australia, since then. As member of the managing board, Aldach will be in charge of finance, accounting, controlling, taxes, treasury, insurance and risk management, data governance, shared service centre, and purchasing.