Germany: Dominik von Achten is set to become the new chairman of HeidelbergCement from the start of February 2020. He has been deputy chairman of the managing board since 2015 and succeeds Bernd Scheifele, who is retiring.
Achten, aged 54 years, has been a member of the managing board of HeidelbergCement since 2007. His area of responsibility included the group areas of North America and Western and Southern Europe as well as the Competence Center Materials. He worked on the integration of both Hanson and Italcementi. As Chief Digital Officer, he is responsible for the areas of digital transformation and digital ventures.
After a statutory two-year cooling-off period has expired, Scheifele will stand as a candidate for the supervisory board of HeidelbergCement in 2022 to become its chairman.
Lorenz Näger, who has been the company’s chief financial officer since 2004, will additionally become 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.
Achten will hand over 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 September 2019, takes 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 US before assuming responsibility for the Canada region of the North America Group area.