The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has announced the appointment of Claude Loréa as Cement Director.
She will take up the role in early November and will be based at the association’s offices in London.
Claude joins the GCCA from European cement industry body, CEMBUREAU where she is Deputy Chief Executive and Industrial Affairs Director. Claude will report to incoming GCCA Chief Executive, Benjamin Sporton and will be a member of the executive team.
In the new role, Claude will lead all aspects of GCCA work related to cement, calling for a practical understanding of its chemistry, production, co-processing, data collection, standards as well as international climate policy, regulatory requirements and trends. With sustainability a key priority of the GCCA, Claude will also oversee the smooth transition of the activities of the Cement Sustainability Initiative to the GCCA.
Over her career Claude has built a detailed knowledge of the cement industry including the sector’s sustainability agenda where, among other achievements, she has led the development of the European Cement Industry Low Carbon Economy Roadmap. A Belgian national, Claude gained a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Brussels before working as an environmental consultant and auditor. She gained her first hands-on experience of the cement industry as an environmental engineer with Cimenteries CBR in Belgium, in time moving to CEMBUREAU where she was appointed Technical Director and subsequently Deputy Chief Executive.
Benjamin Sporton, GCCA Chief Executive-designate said: “Claude has exceptional technical expertise in cement production and a strong background in industry advocacy. This experience will be immensely valuable as GCCA builds its cement sustainability work programme.”
Claude Loréa said: “I am honoured to be taking on this exciting new role at the GCCA, working in a sector in which I truly believe. I look forward to using the skills and knowledge I have developed over the years with CEMBUREAU and its members to ensure that the cement and concrete industry evolves at a global level in a sustainable manner within an appropriate framework and through advances in efficiency and technology.”
The line-up of the GCCA executive team will be complete with the appointment of the Concrete and Sustainable Construction Director and the Communications and Policy Director. The recruitment process for these two roles is under way.