Bucharest, February 15th 2011 – Markus Wirth, CEO of Holcim Romania, will retire from his position on March 31st, after a mandate of more then 6 years in the local subsidiary of the Holcim Group. Daniel Bach, previously the Senior Vice President Manufacturing of Holcim Philippines, will take over the CEO position as of April 1st 2011.
Markus Wirth will remain within the company as President of the Administration Board. An authentic leader with a career that exceeds 35 years, Markus Wirth has also been a prominent member of the local business environment in the role of President at the Chamber of Commerce Switzerland-Romania (CCER), and also as member of the Board of Directors of the Foreign Investment Council (FIC). He will continue his activity in FIC as a Board Member and Expert Consultant in infrastructure issues.
During Wirth’s mandate, Holcim has had a strong development on the local market, increasing its customer base, enlarging the product portfolio, expanding the production capacity of the cement, ready-mix and aggregates operations.
„The years I have spent in Romania are among the most beautiful periods of my career. I had the privilege to work with an extraordinary team of passionate and professional people, to whom I am grateful and I admire. Time has come to retire from my professional activities and hand over my responsibilities to my colleague, Daniel Bach. I am confident that Daniel, who comes with a valuable and sound international experience, will be a great leader of our team and will continue to support the company values and efforts to build up a sustainable future”, Markus Wirth said.
„Holcim Romania has a very good reputation in the Holcim Group and I'm happy of having been assigned to lead this successful company. I thank Markus for the leadership he has provided in the last six years, in particular in the last two difficult years. I'm looking forward to continue his work together with the team that he leaves behind in order to continue to provide value to our customers and to maintain and further improve our efficiency and profitability in harmony with the requirements of Sustainable Development. I'm excited about working in Romania since in my contacts with Romanians over the years I got to know them as very engaged, competent and warm-hearted people”, Daniel Bach said.
Daniel Bach, Swiss, 47, previously Senior Vice President Manufacturing of Holcim Philippines has 16 years experience in various operational and strategic functions in the cement industry and with experience especially in Asian and African markets. Bach holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) and is an alumnus of various postgraduate programs with INSEAD and IMD.
He joined Holcim in 1994 as a Project Engineer and built a successful career being promoted to Technical Director of Holcim Indonesia. Later on, Daniel Bach was responsible for the development of Holcim operations in China in his role of Assistant to the Executive Committee Member.
Holcim (Romania) S.A. has two cement plants in Campulung and Alesd, and one grinding station in Turda, 20 environmental friendly ready-mix plants, 5 agreggates stations and one cement terminal in Bucharest. Holcim (Romania) S.A. has approximately 1.200 employees. For more information, please visit company’s website, www.holcim.ro
Holcim is one of the most important providers of cement and agreggates (stone, sand and gravel), and also concrete and asphalt, including services. The Group is present in 70 countries, all over the world, and has 80.000 employees.