LafargeHolcim appoints new Group CFO
October 11, 2017 – LafargeHolcim announces the appointment of Géraldine Picaud as chief financial officer of LafargeHolcim and member of the executive committee with effect from February 1, 2018. Ron Wirahadiraksa, the current CFO, has decided to pursue opportunities outside the group. He will remain in his role and provide a smooth handover to Géraldine in due course.
Géraldine Picaud, a French national, joins the group from Essilor International, the world’s leading ophthalmic optics company listed on the French CAC 40, where she has been Group Chief Financial Officer and member of the executive committee since 2011. Trained as an auditor, Géraldine Picaud brings to the group 20 years of experience leading and transforming Finance teams in complex, multinational companies. Prior to joining Essilor, she spent four years working for the ED&F Man group in Winterthur, Switzerland, a key player in the international commodity market, following 13 years as CFO at international specialty chemicals group, Safic Alcan.
“I am excited to welcome Géraldine to LafargeHolcim,” said Jan Jenisch, CEO of LafargeHolcim. “She is an agile and successful CFO who has worked in the UK, US, France and Switzerland. With a track record in delivering business results and restructuring within complex global business environments, she is the ideal person to join our executive team and drive the next phase of growth in the company.”
The Board of Directors of LafargeHolcim takes this opportunity to thank Ron for his valuable contribution to the Group, particularly during the integration period following the merger and wishes him success with his future endeavors.
LafargeHolcim is the leading global building materials and solutions company serving masons, builders, architects and engineers all over the world. Group operations produce cement, aggregates and ready-mix concrete which are used in building projects ranging from affordable housing and small, local projects to the biggest, most technically and architecturally challenging infrastructure projects. As urbanization increasingly impacts people and the planet, the Group provides innovative products and building solutions with a clear commitment to social and environmental sustainability. With leading positions in all regions, LafargeHolcim employs around 90,000 employees in more than 80 countries and has a portfolio that is equally balanced between developing and mature markets.