In an announcement April 9, Eric Olsen, presently Lafarge Executive Vice-President, Operations, was named to head LaFarge-Holcim.

According to a report from The Concrete Producer, a sister publication to Concrete Construction:

The announcement is part of a proposed $44.27 billion merger between Switzerland-based Holcim Ltd. and France's Lafarge SA, now moving forward again, after coming to a halt recently over disagreements on some points in the original terms.

A press release noted:

Eric Olsen is presently Executive Vice-President of Lafarge, in charge of Operations. He has been a member of the Group’s Executive Committee since 2007. Fifty-one years old, he has dual American and French nationalities. Eric Olsen has an international and extensive experience. He successfully held senior positions in operations and in the fields of finance, human resources and strategy. Eric Olsen also benefits from a deep experience of driving change linked to the roles he has played in matters of integration and organisation in multicultural environments.

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