Former CEO, Holcim
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Holcim Awards 2014 Europe ceremony, Moscow, Russia
Holcim CEO Bernard Fontana explained to guests how Holcim wants to use its position as a global industry leader and through the Holcim Awards competition to support sustainability beyond the Group’s plants and distribution chains. “The Holcim Foundation seeks to globally interlink knowledge and to advocate a mindset that not only views sustainability in terms of immense technical challenges, but also incorporates architectural excellence and improving the quality of life,” he said.
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Trophy presentation (l-r): winning team Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner with Joildo Santos (President, UMCP), Bernard Fontana (CEO of Holcim & Chairman of the Holcim Foundation Steering Committee), Andreas Leu (Member of the Executive Committee of Holcim), Aaron Betsky (Director, Cincinnati Art Museum, USA & Global Holcim Awards jury representative).
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Attending the handover event (l-r): Vanderley M John, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Construction Engineering, Polytechnic School, Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Brazil – and member of the Global Holcim Innovation prize 2012 jury and Holcim Awards 2011 jury for Latin America; Bernard Fontana, CEO of Holcim and Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Holcim Foundation; and Otmar Hübscher, CEO of Holcim Brazil.
Bernard Fontana is former Chairman of the Steering Committee as well as Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Holcim Foundation, and former CEO of Holcim.
Last updated: August 15, 2015 Paris, France
Bernard Fontana is also former Chairman of the Steering Committee as well as Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Holcim Foundation.
He stepped down from his position as CEO of Holcim and from the Holcim Foundation that he had held since February 2012 at the completion of the merger of Lafarge and Holcim in July, 2015.
He was appointed President and CEO of AREVA NP, a France-based energy company in September 2015.
He was previously CEO of Aperam, a Luxembourg-domiciled listed corporate group that produces high-grade steel in Brazil, Belgium and France and was spun off from ArcelorMittal in 2010.
Bernard Fontana studied engineering at Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées in Paris.
He began his career with Groupe SNPE in France. In 1998, he was appointed head of US operations, and from 2001 to 2004 was a member of the Executive Committee in charge of Chemicals and of Industrial Explosives activities. Shortly after joining ArcelorMittal in 2004, he was given responsibility for HR, IT and business development at Flat Carbon. From 2006 to 2007 he was a member of the Management Committee of ArcelorMittal with responsibility for the Automotive Worldwide Business Unit. In his capacity as Group Management Committee member, he was subsequently responsible for HR and the global alliance with Nippon Steel.
He was a member of the Global Holcim Awards Innovation prize jury in 2012.