Jan Jenisch

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Holcim

Jan Jenisch

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    Board of the Holcim Foundation

    Jan Jenisch is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Holcim and a member of the Board of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.

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    6th Holcim Forum “Re-materializing Construction”

    The Holcim Foundation Catalyst Award for substantial, outstanding, and lasting contribution to the advancement of sustainable development was presented to Michael Braungart (right) by Jan Jenisch, CEO of Holcim at the 6th Holcim Forum “Re-materializing Construction” in Cairo, Egypt on April 6, 2019.

Jan Jenisch is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Holcim and a member of the Board of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.

Last updated: May 02, 2023

Jan Jenisch is Chief Executive Officer of Holcim since 2017, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors since May 2023, after serving as a member of the Board since 2021. 

He joined Holcim as CEO in 2017, with the vision to lead Holcim to become the global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions. Under his leadership, Holcim has reached a new level of strength, with record profitability levels, 60,000 people worldwide and industry-leading ESG ratings.

Jan Jenisch launched the industry’s first global ranges of low-carbon and circular building solutions from ECOPact and ECOPlanet to ECOCycle®. He successfully transformed Holcim to accelerate green growth by expanding the Solutions & Products segment, becoming a global leader in roofing, while growing in the most attractive North American market. Advancing the company’s leadership in sustainability, Jan drove a 21% reduction in CO2 per net sales in 2022, and is committed to reducing it by over 10% in 2023.

Prior to Holcim, Jan Jenisch served as Chief Executive Officer of Sika AG, a global leader in innovative systems and products for the building and automotive sectors. Under his leadership, Sika expanded its reach in high value markets, setting new standards of performance in sales and profitability, becoming a member of the Swiss Market Index, which includes the 20 largest listed Swiss companies.

He is currently the elected President of the Global Cement & Concrete Association and is a member of the Executive Committee of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). In addition, he is an active member of the European Round Table for Industry (ERT) and a Board member of the Swiss-Japanese Chamber of Commerce (SJCC). He serves as a Non-Executive Director of the privately held Glas Troesch Holding.

Jan Jenisch studied in Switzerland and the USA, and graduated from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, with a Master of Business Administration. In 2021 he received a Dr. h.c. from the University of Fribourg for his accomplishments as CEO of two SMI companies.

He became a member of the Board of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction in 2018.