A shift in roles and responsibilities has resulted in the appointment of new leadership positions both globally and locally.

Lafarge South Africa, the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, has announced that Country CEO Thierry Legrand has accepted a new assignment after being with the company for five years.

Thierry’s new responsibility will be as Senior Vice President of Transformation and Acceleration at Lafarge’s Head Office in Paris. This role entails a focus on developing innovation within the Lafarge Group.

Thierry has been with the Lafarge Group for 20 years, transferring to South Africa in 2009 as CEO of Lafarge South Africa Holdings. During this time he successfully integrated the company’s local cement, aggregates, readymix concrete, gypsum and fly ash business lines into a country organisation, while also driving the company’s ambition of contributing to Building better cities.

Effective from 1 August 2014, he will be succeeded by Kenneth MacLean, currently Lafarge Group SVP: Performance Aggregates based in Paris. Kenneth’s career started with the company in 1987 and over the past 27 years he has held a wide range of senior positions in Lafarge Canada and Lafarge North America.

Furthermore, he holds both a Civil Engineering degree and a Business Administration degree, and is amongst others, a member of Professional Engineers Ontario and of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick.

“I am excited to be here in South Africa,” notes Kenneth. “This fascinating and vibrant country has always interested me. I am looking forward to the challenge of leading the company in this developing and highly competitive market.”