Bucharest, May 21st, 2010 - Rossen Papazov was recently appointed as the new Marketing and Sales Director of Holcim Romania. A 37 year-old Bulgarian professional, Rossen Papazov has an extensive marketing experience, doubled by business know-how attained in his collaboration with Holcim, which spans 8 years, 5 in Holcim Bulgaria and 3 in Holcim Belgium. He succeeds François Laporte, who returned to his home country, France, after 3 years as head of the Marketing and Sales department in Holcim Romania. François Laporte was promoted as Commercial Director for Holcim Aggregates France.
"I trust that Rossen will make a significant contribution to our team's success and performance and that he will continue the great work that François Laporte has achieved during his stay with Holcim Romania. With Rossen in our Management Team, I am positive that we will continue to strengthen our position in the market as a premium, professional customer-oriented company", said Markus Wirth, Country Manager of Holcim Romania.
Rossen Papazov started his career in Holcim Bulgaria in 2000 as Assistant to the CEO of Holcim Bulgaria and was very soon promoted as Business Development Manager. Starting 2002, Rossen Papazov became Country Financial Management Specialist of the World Bank for Bulgaria and Macedonia. Later on, his career continued with Holcim, in the position of General Manager for the Aggregates and Ready Mixed Concrete division of the Bulgarian subsidiary. He then worked as Director of Marketing in Holcim Belgium for 3 years. Before Holcim, his experience also includes 3 years with Arthur Andersen Bulgaria as Senior Consultant in the Audit and Business Advisory team.
Rossen Papazov has an MA in Finance at the University of National and World Economics of Sofia, Bulgaria, and an MBA at IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. He is married and has a son and a daughter.
"I am happy to be part of Holcim Romania, especially because I think there are several similarities between the economic mechanisms and market dynamics of the Romanian and the Bulgarian environments. One of my main priorities in Romania will be our customers' satisfaction, as well as the delivery of competitive, sustainable products and services. I have full confidence in my team here and believe that together we will be able to maintain the premium position of Holcim brand on the Romanian market", Rossen Papazov said.
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Holcim (Romania) S.A. currently operates 2 cement plants in Câmpulung and Aleşd, one grinding station in Turda, 20 environmentally-friendly ready-mix concrete plants, 5 aggregates plants and a cement terminal in Bucharest. Holcim (Romania) S.A. has approximately 1,200 employees. For more information, please visit www.holcim.ro.
Holcim Romania is part of Holcim Group, one of the world's leading suppliers of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, sand and gravel) as well as further activities such as ready-mix concrete and asphalt including services. The Group holds majority and minority interests in around 70 countries on all continents and employs some 80,000 people.