Switzerland: LafargeHolcim has expanded former chief sustainability officer Magali Anderson’s role to chief sustainability and innovation officer. The new role additionally includes leadership of the group’s research and development strategy and organisation. Anderson will also oversee external innovation collaborations with the academic world. The group says that the combination of sustainability and innovation aims to increase impact across both areas.
Chief executive officer Jan Jenisch said, “I am delighted to appoint Magali as our chief sustainability and innovation officer. Under her leadership, we opened a new chapter in our climate action with our Net Zero pledge and growing range of green building solutions, from ECOPact to Ecolabel. Sustainability is a game-changer in our industry and innovation is the most effective catalyst to scale up our impact. By aligning our sustainability and research and development organisations under Magali’s direction, I look forward to stepping up our pace and pipeline of innovation to build a net zero future.”
Anderson, a French national and mechanical engineer, holds international industry experience, acquired in a variety of general management, operational and functional roles in countries such as Brazil, Nigeria, Indonesia, Angola, Romania and China. She joined LafargeHolcim in 2016 as Head of Health & Safety before taking on the role of Chief Sustainability Officer. She is on the advisory boards of the World Green Building Council (WGBC), MIT Climate & Sustainability Consortium, LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction and Business for Nature, as well as co-chair of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Built Environment and the Global Concrete and Cement Association (GCCA) 2050 roadmap projects. She is also a mentor at the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) in Paris, a nonprofit organisation that delivers an objectives-based program for massively scalable, seed-stage, science- and technology-based companies.
LafargeHolcim publishes its first Climate Transition report in 2022.