Changes to composition of managing board part of company's long-term succession planning
THE supervisory board of Heidelberg Materials AG has announced changes to the managing board regarding its composition and succession planning.
The Group area Western & Southern Europe and the majority of Northern & Eastern Europe-Central Asia will be combined into the Group area Europe. Jon Morrish, currently responsible for Western & Southern Europe, will take on responsibility for this newly established Group area as of January 2024.
Ernest Jelito, responsible for Northern & Eastern Europe-Central Asia and the Competence Centre Cement, will retire on 31 December 2023, whilst Hakan Gurdal, in charge of the Group Area Africa-Eastern Mediterranean Basin, will take on additional responsibilities for the countries Kazakhstan and Russia as of January 2024. The area will be renamed to Africa & Mediterranean-Western Asia (AMWA).
Roberto Callieri, general manager Italy, will be promoted to the Heidelberg Materials managing board and take on responsibility for Asia within the Group area Asia-Pacific as of January 2024. He will take over from Kevin Gluskie whose term will end at the end of January 2024. As part of the change, chief financial officer René Aldach will assume additional responsibility for Australia as of January 2024.
To embed deep technical expertise within the managing board and drive forward the company’s technical projects towards a net-zero future, Axel Conrads, president of the Midwest Region in the US, will be promoted to the Heidelberg Materials managing board, taking on the new role of chief technical officer as of February 2024. He will be responsible for all three global technical Competence Centres: Cement (CCC), Aggregates & Asphalt (CCA), and Readymix (CCR).
Dr Bernd Scheifele, chairman of the supervisory board of Heidelberg Materials, said: ‘The changes within the managing board are part of our long-term succession planning. By reorganizing the responsibilities for our Group areas and putting an even higher focus on the technical aspects of our business, we further strengthen the basis for the continuing successful development of our company.
‘I welcome Roberto Callieri and Axel Conrads on the managing board and congratulate René Aldach, Hakan Gurdal, and Jon Morrish on their additional regional responsibilities. My personal thanks go to Kevin Gluskie and Ernest Jelito for their commitment and successful work over many years. They have contributed significantly to the operational excellence and the profitable growth of Heidelberg Materials.’
Dr Dominik von Achten, chairman of the managing board of Heidelberg Materials, added: ‘In the person of Jon Morrish, a competent and very experienced managing board member to lead our newly established and now largest Group area Europe has been appointed. We thank René Aldach and Hakan Gurdal for taking on additional country responsibilities.
‘With Roberto Callieri and Axel Conrads, two managers from our own ranks with many years of experience in various roles around the world will be joining as new members of the managing board. I welcome them and look forward to working with them closely. I would like to sincerely thank Kevin Gluskie and Ernest Jelito for all the hard work and dedication shown during their longstanding careers at Heidelberg Materials and wish them all the best for their future.’