Lafarge Malaysia Berhad (Lafarge Malaysia) announced the appointment of Mario Gross as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 April 2018, succeeding Thierry Legrand.
Mario Gross, 39, joins Lafarge Malaysia from Sika AG (Sika) and has got 15 years of global experience in the construction material business with roles across Germany, China, Thailand and Switzerland. Mario started his career with Sika in 2002 and was Asia Pacific Head of Procurement from 2007 – 2011 located in Suzhou/P.R. China. In 2011, he was appointed Managing Director of Sika in Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, before assuming in 2013 his most recent role as Head of Global Procurement, Quality & Sustainability of Sika AG, Zurich. He holds a MBA-degree of Strathclyde University, Glasgow, and is a German citizen.
Mario Gross said, “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”.
Commenting on Mario’s appointment, Thierry Legrand said, “In my three years with the Company, I am proud of Lafarge Malaysia’s achievements in strengthening our business, putting in place the building blocks for future growth. I am confident that with Mario’s business acumen, experience and leadership, he will take Lafarge Malaysia to the next level of growth in the coming years”.
Lafarge Malaysia has distinguished itself as the preferred partner in complex construction projects and contributing to the majority of infrastructure projects in the country. It has also made significant progress in modernizing the way it goes to market with the establishment of outlets with “perfect wall” displays showing the right products for the right applications across the country.
Most recently, Lafarge Malaysia launched the MYHOME initiative to provide Malaysians an opportunity to give their input in a build that will turn a future house into their ideal home. The project is the first of its kind in the country where Malaysians are actively invited to collaborate in the design of a home before it is even built. The survey runs until 31 March 2018.