She has occupied since 2011 the position of chief financial officer of Essilor, the world leader in ophthalmic lenses. The swiss giant, construction materials LafargeHolcim announced on Monday the appointment as financial director of Géraldine Picaud to replace Ron Wirahadiraksa, who has decided to leave the group.
Of French nationality, Géraldine Picaud will take office on 1 February, said LafargeHolcim in a press release. By then, Ron Wirahadiraksa will remain in position and ensure the transition, according to the release. It has decided to accept new opportunities outside the group, stated LafargeHolcim, without providing details.
At the end of September, Ron Wirahadiraksa had made a financial presentation in which the tone was judged to be prudent, or even pessimistic, by the analysts and the Stock market was felt. A spokesman for LafargeHolcim to Zurich and was assured that his departure was not related to this event. The board of directors of LafargeHolcim thanked Ron Wirahadiraksa for his contribution during the period of integration that followed the merger between the French groups Lafarge and switzerland’s Holcim. The giant of the construction materials had undergone a change at its helm in the past year, with the departure of Eric Olsen, who had resigned in order to ease tensions around the folder on Syria, giving orders to Jan Jenisch, former director-general of the swiss group Sika.
One of the few women at the head of the finance of a company in the CAC 40
Auditor training, Géraldine Picaud, 47 years old, is one of the few female finance director of a group of the CAC40. She has previously worked for the trading company of commodities ED&F Man in Winterthur, Switzerland, after having spent 13 years as a financial director of the distribution company of specialty chemicals Safic Alcan. She also serves on the board of directors of Alstom, which has just announced its merger with the rail division to Siemens.
“She is recognized for having delivered results, and restructuring in environments and markets complex,” said Jan Jenisch, the new ceo of LafargeHolcim, quoted in the press release. It is “the ideal person” to join the leadership team and address the next phase of the group’s growth, he added.
At Essilor, full-merger with the Italian Luxottica, Géraldine Picaud leave its place to Hilary Halper, who was in charge of mergers and acquisitions at his side.
(with AFP and Reuters)