PPC appoints former LafargeHolcim CEO as Roland van Wijnen

Our future will be defined by how well we deliver on our strategy, says Roland van Wijnen, new PPC CEO.

The PPC board announced the appointment of Roland van Wijnen as its new CEO on Wednesday (26 June). He will replace Johan Claassen, who retired in November 2018. 

Roland has signed a four-year contract and was expected to take over from Johan as soon as he received a work permit. He will be tasked with building and developing the executive team and accelerating the process of turning PPC into a high-performance organisation that offers superior products and solutions to customers throughout its leading positions across Africa. 

Regarding his appointment, Roland said: 

"I am excited and honoured to have been appointed into this executive role at such an iconic company that PPC is. PPC is currently undergoing strategic projects to ensure the long-term sustainability and viability of the Group, and I have been working on such initiatives for the past decade. I am looking forward to starting my new role as CEO which will enable me to focus on the value and growth strategy of the Group. Our future will be defined by how well we deliver on our strategy of driving sustainable growth and maximising opportunities in order to realise the ambitions of our company and take us to the next level of success.”

PPC chairperson Jabu Moleketi said that the company is pleased to have secured Roland, a Dutch national, whose listed company experience and exposure to international global best practice will broaden the management practices of PPC. “He is an ideal appointment as he has detailed knowledge of the cement sector. He is up-to-speed with our global strategic imperatives and will advance the process without any delays,” Jabu said. 

Roland was with LafargeHolcim for 17 years, during which he held various senior leadership roles across the group. As CEO of the Phillippine business, much the same size as PPC, he has successfully dealt with similar challenges that PPC is facing.  

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