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Further restructuring at Boral

Company combines construction materials and cement divisions and appoints new divisional MD

BORAL Ltd have this week announced further restructuring involving the consolidation of their Australian construction materials and cement divisions into an integrated Australian division, and the appointment of a new divisional managing director.

Joseph Goss has been appointed as divisional managing director of Boral Construction Materials & Cement, with effect from 1 April 2013. Mr Goss brings to Boral substantial experience in the global cement industry and engineering sectors, including the past 10 years in the cement operations of Lafarge North America Inc.


In addition to senior executive, manufacturing and business development roles with Lafarge in the US and Canada, Mr Goss spent 16 years in general management, marketing, sales and product innovation roles with services engineering group Schlumberger NV in Europe, the US and the Asia Pacific region.

He has proven credentials in LEAN manufacturing, safety management, and sales and marketing, as well as experience in delivering restructuring programmes and improvements in supply chain management across geographically diverse facilities.

As a result of the restructure, Murray Read’s position as divisional managing director of Boral Construction Materials will be made redundant and he will leave the organization on 1 July 2013, following a transition period.

Boral’s CEO and managing director, Mike Kane, said: ‘The consolidation of construction materials and cement into a single division is the next step of Boral’s restructuring initiatives and reinforces the importance of these Australian businesses in the Group’s portfolio.

‘Boral’s cement business provides a strategically important input into Boral’s concrete operations. It makes sense, therefore, to bring these operations together under one leadership team.

‘Boral Construction Materials & Cement will be Boral’s largest division and an important future growth platform. While Joe brings valuable global industry experience to the business, he will be supported by a seasoned team of executive general managers.

‘Regrettably, the changes mean Murray Read will leave the organization. Murray has made a major contribution to Boral over the past 28 years. Following an impressive career in plasterboard in Australia and Asia, he joined construction materials in 2001 and has run the division since mid-2010.

‘I thank Murray for his leadership and management of the construction materials business, and wish him well for the future,’ said Mr Kane.

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