Global building solutions company CEMEX has appointed Gonzalo Galindo as new country president for the business in the UK with immediate effect.
Mr Galindo comes to the UK from Madrid, where he was previously Vice President of Strategic Planning and Integrated Functions Coordinator for Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia & Australia, and where his main responsibility was to secure growth and extend the CEMEX footprint across the Region.
Mr Galindo first joined CEMEX in 1998 and has held a number of different leadership roles within the company, including Corporate Director of Strategic Planning in Mexico and Vice President of Planning in the Philippines, before part-leading the Post Merger Integration process (PMI) in the UK following CEMEX's acquisition of RMC in 2005.
In the UK Gonzalo Galindo will be responsible for a business that generates over £1 billion in annual sales, and has leading positions in aggregates, cement and readymixed concrete.
CEMEX UK also produces asphalt, has a significant share of the concrete products sector and employs more than 5,000 people across a network of over 500 locations.
Mr Galindo returns to the UK with his wife and two children, and is optimistic that although the UK economy is slowing and construction growth looks sluggish, improvements across all of CEMEX UK's business sectors will be delivered in 2008, by focusing on customers, pricing discipline and operational efficiencies, while building on the company's health and safety achievements to reach the ultimate goal of 0 accidents.
Mr Galindo will be based at the company's UK headquarters at Thorpe in Surrey, and replaces Ignacio Ortiz, who has taken up a new position as President for CEMEX in the Southern Europe and Middle East Region.
Notes to Editors:
CEMEX is a global building materials solutions company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. In the UK, CEMEX also produces asphalt, and has a significant share of the roof tile, rail sleepers, concrete-block paving, and concrete-block segments. CEMEX has a national supply network in the UK with over 500 locations, to ensure that quality building materials is available to customers locally.
For more information, see www.cemex.co.uk or www.cemex.com