Bernard Fontana, French national, born in 1961. Bernard Fontana holds a Degree in Engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées in Paris. His career began with Groupe SNPE in France. In 1998, he was appointed Head of US Operations, and from 2001 to 2004 was a Member of the Executive Committee in charge of Chemicals and of Industrial Explosives activities. Shortly after joining ArcelorMittal in 2004, he was given responsibility for HR, IT and business development at Flat Carbon. From 2006 to 2007, he was a Member of the Executive Committee of ArcelorMittal with responsibility for the Automotive Worldwide Business Unit. In his capacity as Group Management Committee member, he was subsequently responsible for HR and the global alliance with Nippon Steel. From 2010 until 2011 Bernard Fontana was CEO of Aperam, a Luxembourg-domiciled listed corporate group that was spun off from ArcelorMittal in the fall of 2010. Since February 1, 2012, he has been CEO of Holcim Ltd.
Thomas Aebischer, Swiss national, born in 1961. Thomas Aebischer is a Swiss Certified Accountant and alumnus of the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School. He started his career with the tax authorities of the Canton of Berne. From 1988 to 1996, Thomas Aebischer worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Hong Kong and Zurich. In 1996, he joined Holcim Group Support Ltd, and from 1998 to 2002 acted as Head of Corporate Controlling. From 2002 to 2003, he was CFO of Holcim Apasco in Mexico and thereafter CFO of Holcim US. He joined the Executive Committee at the beginning of 2011, and, effective April 1, 2011, took over as CFO. Since September 1, 2012 he has held additional responsibility for Procurement, IT, the Merger & Acquisitions and the HTS Accounting & Administration function. Effective January 1, 2014, the corporate functions Investor Relations as well as Risk Management report to Thomas Aebischer.
Urs Bleisch, Swiss National, born in 1960. He holds a Master’s in Business and Economics from the University of Basel. He joined Holcim in 1994 as Head IT of Holcim Switzerland. From 2000 onwards, Urs Bleisch assumed Group-wide responsibility for Information Technology and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the global IT strategy of the Holcim Group. Since 2011, he has managed the Information and Knowledge Management function at Holcim Group Support Ltd. As of September 1, 2012 and as CEO of Holcim Group Services Ltd and of Holcim Technology Ltd, Urs Bleisch leads the global functions Customer Excellence (Marketing & Commercial), Aggregates & Construction Materials, Logistics, Cement Manufacturing, CAPEX Projects, Sustainable Development, Alternative Fuels and Resources, Innovation (including Knowledge Management) and the Program Management Office (PMO) for the Holcim Leadership Journey. On September 1, 2012, Urs Bleisch was appointed Corporate Functional Manager of Holcim Ltd and he reports directly to CEO Bernard Fontana. He was appointed Member of the Executive Committee effective September 30. 2014. He keeps his current responsibilities for Holcim Technology Ltd, Holcim Group Services Ltd, and the project management office of the Holcim Leadership Journey.
Roland Köhler, Swiss national, born in 1953. Roland Köhler, a graduate in business administration from the University of Zurich, joined building materials group Hunziker, Switzerland, in 1988 as Head of Finance and Administration and transferred to Holcim Group Support Ltd as a management consultant in 1994. From 1995 to 1998, he was Head of Corporate Controlling and, from 1999 to end 2001, Head of Business Risk Management. He has headed Corporate Strategy & Risk Management since 2002, and in 2005 became Corporate Functional Manager. On March 15 2010, he was appointed Member of the Executive Committee and CEO of Holcim Group Support Ltd. Since September 1, 2012, Roland Köhler has been responsible for the Group region Europe, excluding the UK. Effective October 1, 2014, Roland Köhler also took over responsibility for the UK. The enlarged region is named ‘Europe’.
Andreas Leu, Swiss national, born in 1967, studied business administration at the University of St. Gallen and holds an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School at Cornell University. After working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), he joined Holcim Group Support Ltd in 1999 as a consultant. In 2002, he was appointed General Manager of Holcim Centroamérica, before assuming the position of CEO of Holcim Ecuador in 2003. During 2006 and 2007, he also held the position of CEO of Holcim Venezuela. On August 1, 2008, Andreas Leu was appointed Area Manager of Holcim Ltd, with responsibility for Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile and Brazil. As of January 1, 2011, Andreas Leu was appointed as Member of the Executive Committee. He is responsible for Latin America. Effective October 1, 2014, Andreas Leu in addition assumed responsibility for USA and Canada. The enlarged region is named ‘Americas.’
Bernard Terver, French national, born in 1952, concluded his studies at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris in 1976. After beginning his career in the steel industry, in 1977 he moved to cement producer CEDEST, which was taken over by Holcim France in 1994. In 1999, Bernard Terver became CEO of Holcim Colombia and in 2003 he was appointed Area Manager for the Andes nations, Central America and the Caribbean. Since October 2008, he has been CEO of Holcim US and, effective November 2010, CEO of Aggregate Industries US. On April 1, 2010, Bernard Terver was appointed Area Manager with responsibility for Holcim US and Aggregate Industries US. As of September 1, 2012, Bernard Terver was appointed Member of the Executive Committee. As of January 1, 2014, Bernard Terver is responsible for Africa Middle East as well as South Asia, i.e. India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Ian Thackwray, British national, born in 1958. Ian Thackwray holds an MA (Hons) in Chemistry from Oxford University and is also a chartered accountant. After his studies, he joined Pricewaterhouse and handled major corporate accounts in Europe. In 1985, he started a career with Dow Corning Corporation, serving in various management roles in Europe, North America and particularly in Asia. From 2004 to 2006, he served as Dow Corning’s Asian/ Pacific President based out of Shanghai. Between 2006 and 2010, he was CEO of Holcim Philippines. Since the beginning of 2010, he has been a Member of the Executive Committee. As of January 1, 2014, his area of responsibility spans the Region EAPac & Trading. EAPac (East Asia Pacific) includes Southeast Asia, East Asia (primarily China) and Oceania.