Lafarge Malaysia appoints new president and CEO

Mario Gross

PETALING JAYA (March 12): Mario Gross has been appointed the new president and CEO of Lafarge Malaysia Bhd effective April 1, it announced in a press statement today.

He will succeed current president and CEO Thierry Legrand.

Gross was previously from Sika AG, a listed specialty chemical company for building and motor vehicles stationed with headquarters in Baar, Switzerland.

He has 15 years of global experience in the construction material business with roles across Germany, China, Thailand and Switzerland.

Gross began his career with Sika in 2002 and was promoted to Asia Pacific Head of Procurement from 2007 – 2011, based in Suzhou.

In 2011, he was appointed managing director of Sika in Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, before becoming Head of Global Procurement, Quality & Sustainability of Sika AG, Zurich, in 2013.

“I am privileged for the opportunity to serve Lafarge Malaysia as President and CEO. We would like to thank Thierry for his great work in developing the fundamentals of our business and in strengthening the Lafarge brand in Malaysia. I look forward to building on this strong foundation and reinforcing Lafarge as the leading building materials company in Malaysia,” he noted.

Meanwhile, Legrand noted that in his three years with the company, he is proud of Lafarge Malaysia’s achievements in strengthening the business, putting in place the building blocks for future growth.

“I am confident that with Gross’s business acumen, experience and leadership, he will take Lafarge Malaysia to the next level of growth in the coming years,” he said.

Lafarge Malaysia and had on Feb 28 launched the MYHOME initiative, which aims to provide Malaysians the opportunity to co-create their ideal home.

The survey runs until April 15, 2018.

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