Eric Olsen, LafargeHolcim Group Chief Executive Officer, visits Nigeria
Eric Olsen, Group CEO of LafargeHolcim, the world’s largest construction materials company and parent company to Lafarge Africa Plc will pay a 3-day business visit to Nigeria on Monday February 6, 2017. He is scheduled to be at some of the company’s key operations in the country within the period.
Commenting on the visit, Michel Puchercos, CEO of Lafarge Africa Plc stated that “Nigeria is a promising and important market for our business. Despite the challenging economic condition in the country in 2016 LafargeHolcim is committed to the market, adapting its operations and listening to meet its customers’ needs.”
He remarked that Lafarge Africa has continued to make positive contributions to the development of Nigeria through its affordable housing and mass housing solutions, as well as sustained efforts to enhance its power generation capacity.
Michel further described the visit as demonstration of LafargeHolcim’s dedication to serving a growing market, stating that “demographic growth and urbanization coupled with investments in residential, commercial real estate, roads and power are driving the growing demand for cement”.
French and American national born in 1964, Eric Olsen has been the CEO of LafargeHolcim since July 10, 2015. He is a graduate in finance and accounting of the University of Colorado and holds a Masters of Business Administration degree awarded by the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC).
Eric Olsen joined Lafarge North America Inc. in 1999 as Senior Vice-President Strategy and Development. In 2001, he was appointed President of the Cement Division for the Northeast Region of North America and Senior Vice-President Purchasing for Lafarge North America Inc and later Chief Finance Officer of Lafarge North America Inc. in 2004. He was appointed Executive Vice President for Organization and Human Resources and a member of the Executive Committee in 2007. On September 1, 2013, he became the Executive Vice-President Operations.
About Lafarge Africa Plc
Lafarge Africa Plc, a leading Sub-Saharan Africa building materials company is a member of LafargeHolcim, the world leader in building materials. Listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange with a presence in Africa’s two largest economies, Nigeria and South Africa, Lafarge Africa is actively participating in the urbanization and economic growth of Africa.
Combining its operations in Nigeria - Ewekoro and Sagamu plants in Ogun State, Ashakacem in Gombe State, Unicem in Cross Rivers State, Atlas cement in Rivers State and Ready-Mix Nigeria with its varied operations in South Africa, Lafarge Africa has a current installed cement capacity of 12mt. This is in addition to strong market leading positions in Aggregates, Ready mix concrete and Fly Ash.
Lafarge Africa leverages on its innovative expertise to provide valued added products and services solutions in the building and construction industry in Sub-Saharan Africa. Additional information is available on the web site at www.lafargeholicm.com.ng
With a well-balanced presence in 90 countries and a focus on Cement, Aggregates and Concrete, LafargeHolcim (SIX Swiss Exchange, Euronext Paris: LHN) is the world leader in the building materials industry. The Group has 100,000 employees around the world and combined net sales of CHF 29.5 billion in 2015. LafargeHolcim is the industry benchmark in R&D and serves from the individual homebuilder to the largest and most complex project with the widest range of value-adding products, innovative services and comprehensive building solutions. With a commitment to drive sustainable solutions for better building and infrastructure and to contribute to a higher quality of life, the Group is best positioned to meet the challenges of increasing urbanization. More information is available on www.lafargeholcim.com