Dr. Dominik von Achten new Chairman of the Managing Board

On 01.02.2020, Dr. Dominik von Achten (54) took over the chairmanship of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement. He has been Deputy Chairman of the Managing Board since 2015, and succeeded Dr. Bernd Scheifele (61), who stepped down from the role of Chairman on 31.01.2020 after his third term of office to enter retirement.

Dr. Dominik von Achten has been a member of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement since 2007 and Deputy Chairman of the Managing Board since 2015. His area of responsibility included the Group areas of North America and Western and Southern Europe as well as the Competence Center Materials. He played a significant role in the successful integration of both Hanson and Italcementi. As Chief Digital Officer, he is responsible for the areas of digital transformation and digital ventures.

“We would like to thank Dr. Scheifele for his many years of extraordinary and highly successful commitment to the company,” says Fritz-Jürgen Heckmann. “As Chairman of the Managing Board, he has played a key role in shaping HeidelbergCement for 15 years. He successfully increased the company’s competitiveness by introducing efficient management processes and a lean administration, he expanded its geographic positioning and business activities, and developed it into the globally leading, vertically integrated building materials Group. Under his leader­ship, HeidelbergCement’s revenue has more than doubled to around € 18 billion, the result from current operations almost tripled, and the headcount increased by roughly 40 % to around 57 000 employees.”

After the statutory two-year cooling-off period has expired, Dr. Scheifele will stand as a candidate for the Supervisory Board of HeidelbergCement in 2022 to become its chairman. “The intention to take over the chairmanship of the Supervisory Board by Dr. Scheifele will ensure continuity for the sustainable success of HeidelbergCement,” states Fritz-Jürgen Heckmann.

On 01.02.2020, there were further personnel changes in Hei­del­­bergCement’s Managing Board:

Dr. Lorenz Näger, who has been the company’s Chief Financial Officer since 2004, additionally became the new Deputy Chairman of the Managing Board. He is responsible for Finance, Group Accounting, Controlling, Taxes, Treasury, Data Protection, Insurance & Corporate Risk Management, IT, Purchasing, and Shared Service Center.

Dr. Dominik von Achten handed responsibility for the Western and Southern Europe Group area to Jon Morrish, who was previously responsible for the North America Group area.

Chris Ward, who was previously head of the Canada region and has been a member of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement AG since 01.09.2019, took over the North America Group area and the Competence Center Materials. He has been with the company since 1996 and held several management positions in the USA before assuming responsibility for the Canada region of the North America Group area.



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