(PARIS) — French cement maker Lafarge SA (LFRGY) Wednesday said itappointed Pascal Casanova as the group’s director of Research andDevelopment.
Casanova replaces Denis Maitre, who has been appointed as managing director of Lafarge’s Aggregates & Concrete business in France.
Casanova, 40, is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees. He started his career with a public works company specialized in civil engineering, where he was in charge of supervising French bridge projects.
He joined Lafarge in 1999 as technical director. In 2002, he was appointed as head of R&D for Lafarge’s roofing business, managing several technological breakthrough projects and from 2005, he was managing director of Lafarge roofing components.
Pascal Casanova will be based at the Lafarge Research Center in L’Isle d’Abeau, near Lyons, which is the world’s leading building materials research facility, with more than 200 researchers of different nationalities.
He will be in charge of pursuing the implementation of Lafarge’s innovation strategy, identified by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bruno Lafont as a priority for the Group’s development. In particular, he will be responsible for generating solutions for sustainable construction.