Ken McKnight, a member of the CRH Executive Committee, has been elected as the President of CEMBUREAU, the European Cement Association. Jon Morrish, CEO Western & Southern Europe at Heidelberg Cement, has been elected as the Vice-President. The General Assembly, held in Prague, entrusted them with the leadership and strategic direction of the organization for the next two years. The outgoing President, Isidoro Miranda, was acknowledged for his dedication and work during his term.
Former CEMBUREAU President Isidoro Miranda reflected on his tenure, stating, “As I pass on the Presidency to Ken McKnight, I am proud of the work that CEMBUREAU has done to engage positively with policy-makers on the EU Green Deal agenda. Our industry has garnered positive recognition through persistent creativity and innovation across its value chain, and it is our duty to maintain this momentum.”
In his acceptance remarks, CEMBUREAU President Ken McKnight expressed the critical importance of the coming years in delivering decarbonization investments. He emphasized the need to focus on areas where national governments can play a pivotal role in accelerating these efforts. McKnight affirmed the organization’s determination to drive sustainable innovation, fulfill commitments, and effectively collaborate with stakeholders to foster a more sustainable and resilient built environment.
CEMBUREAU Vice-President Jon Morrish added, “I am delighted to contribute to CEMBUREAU’s mission at this critical juncture. There has never been a more interesting time to work for the EU cement industry. With continuous collaboration, innovative technologies, and responsible policy advocacy, we will guide our industry towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.”
These appointments occur at a time of significant change for the cement industry, as it grapples with the challenge of climate change. Under the new leadership, CEMBUREAU reaffirms its commitment to drive the industry’s efforts in reducing carbon emissions and shaping a sustainable future.