Bruno Lafont (born in 1956) is a graduate of the Hautes Etudes Commerciales leading business school (HEC 1977, Paris) and the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA 1982, Paris).
He started his career at Lafarge in 1983. Up until 1988, he held various positions in Finance and international development. In particular, he spent 5 years in Turkey, managing Lafarge's operations in Turkey and leading the Group's expansion in Turkey and the Eastern Mediterranean region. He joined the Group's Executive Committee in 1995, and was appointed Group Executive Vice President, Finance. In 1998, he became President of the Gypsum division and successfully orchestrated its international expansion in Asia, Europe and North America.
In May 2003, Bruno Lafont was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Group, with joint responsibility for the Cement division and supervising the Aggregates & Concrete division and the North America region. He accelerated the Group's Cement development in Asia, in particular through the joint-venture with Shui On in China, and identified innovation as a key factor of market differentiation and added value in concrete products.
Under his leadership, Lafarge set about redefining the Group's vision and reformulating its principles of action by rallying all its employees around the same priorities.
Bruno Lafont was appointed as a Member of the Group's Board of Directors on May 25, 2005. On January 1, 2006, he became Chief Executive Officer, subsequently launching the "Excellence 2008" strategic plan in June 2006, to make the Group the best in its sector. 2006 saw two major strategic operations: the buyout of minority interests in Lafarge North America and the sale of the Roofing business.
In May 2007, Bruno Lafont was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Group.
In December 2008, he announced the acquisition of Orascom Cement, the leading cement player in the Middle East and Mediterranean Basin, marking a decisive acceleration of the Group's development in fast growing emerging markets.
He is special adviser to the mayor of Chongqing, a Chinese city with 32 million inhabitants.
He is a member of the Board of EDF and Arcelor Mittal.