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A 20-year Sika AG veteran and chief executive officer since 2012, Jan Jenisch will transition in the same capacity to Swiss peer, LafargeHolcim Ltd., in mid-October. LafargeHolcim Chairman Beat Hess calls Jenisch “a CEO widely respected for consistently delivering strong business results [who] comes with a deep understanding of the building materials sector. His agile leadership style and personal skills will be a good fit with our company culture and management team.”

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Jan Jenisch

While at the helm of the parent company of New Jersey-based Sika Corp., Jenisch has overseen entry into new markets beyond core concrete admixture, building material and automotives finish businesses. During his CEO tenure, Sika AG market capitalization has tripled, to about $15 billion, and the company has joined the Swiss Market Index.

“[LafargeHolcim] is an iconic company and global leader in the building materials industry with enormous future potential,” notes Jenisch, who will succeed LafargeHolcim’s charter CEO Eric Olsen.

Promptly responding to the Jenisch departure, Baar, Switzerland-based Sika AG has named as successor Paul Schuler. The 29-year company veteran will step into the chief executive post July 1 after 10 years as regional manager, first for North America and presently Europe Middle East Africa. Company officials credit Schuler with playing “a key role in developing and executing successful strategy. His contributions include high growth rates, significant improvements in efficiency and profitability as well as responsibility for major acquisitions.”

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Paul Schuler

“[Paul Schuler] has been a member of the Group Management for more than 10 years and has a highly successful track record in his leadership of two out of four Sika regions. His competent and energetic leadership style will ensure the continuation of Sika’s growth strategy,” says Chairman Paul Hälg, who separately recognizes Jenisch for “outstanding leadership and accomplishments over the past 20 years [and leading] Sika to a new performance level.”


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Kent Korf, maintenance technician at LafargeHolcim’s Valley City, N.D., plant poses here with the pneumatic hatch control panel.