Maintaining a strategic perspective and plan is a critical component in building competitive advantage over time. Corporate strategy is not a nice to have, but a must, especially in these turbulent economic times. In this issue of the CemWeek Feature series, Erhan Ula, Strategic Planner at Turkey-based Çimsa Çimento, shares a framework for how to think about the process of Strategy Management.
CemWeek spoke with Tom Box, President of Box International on the challenges facing the US and global cement industry; “As short, medium and long term challenges emerge in the cement industry the most important strength for the sector will be the leadership of the men and women that make up the U.S. cement industry. ”
I spoke with my good friend Fernando Dal Re, VP Human Resources of the Cementos Portland Valderrivas group, and we shared some old stories about expatriation. One of the instances he told me is probably worth mentioning.
CemWeek recently spoke to Mr. Mihai Rohan, President and General Manager of HeidelbergCement’s operations in Romania, known as Carpatcement, who has also been the President of CIROM (Romanian cement Association) since 1990.
Mr. Rohan drew on his more than 42 years of industry experience, in discussing the challenges faced over the past year, the evolution of the Romanian cement, as well as emerging opportunities.
CemWeek recently sat down with Mr. Aniceto Zaragoza, Director General of Oficemen, the Spanish cement producers’ association. The discussion focused on the challenges for the cement industry in Spain and its role in the global market as a whole. Zaragoza discusses the lingering effects of the global economic crisis on the Spanish cement industry, as well as the impact of new legislation on emissions and what it could mean for cement manufacturers around the world.
CemWeek recently interviewed Mr. Tim Kuebler, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Titan America. The discussion spanned a wide range of topics, including the impact of government legislation on the industry, outlook for the sector, and the use of concrete versus asphalt in the construction of roads.
In this second of two discussions with Mr. Soumen Karkun, Deputy Managing Director of Holtec, CemWeek poses a series of questions based on the cement company CEO agenda. The topics covered center around innovation, sources of cost efficiencies, and sales force design.
Describing the perfect candidate is normally easier than finding them... In this entry in the CemWeek Expert Insight blog, Manual Llop discusses the challenge in finding expatriate "Super-people" and the importance for companies to plan ahead and create pools of international human capital talent.
CemWeek recently interviewed Mr. Soumen Karkun, Deputy Managing Director of Holtec, to discuss the changing landscape of the global cement industry. In this first part of two CemExec features based on this discussion, Soumen discusses his views on the South Asia market dynamics and potential.
Additionally, he draws upon Holtec’s experience in Azerbaijan, and Tajikistan to showcase challenges and opportunities particular to these markets. For this time, we conclude the initial issue of the interview with a reflection on how the the engineering consulting market has evolved over the years.
CemWeek recently sat down with Mr. Michel Folliet - Principal Industry Specialist at the International Finance Corporation in Washington, DC - to discuss investments in frontier-market cement companies, the social agenda of investing as the IFC and the environment.
The focus of the IFC brings with it a different perspective on investing as well as a range of unique attributes to consider in the investment process and management. In this issue of CemExec, Michel touches on these and other interestig topics.