Leadership

Anne Dekeukelaere 
Owner and Managing Director

After getting her MBA from HEC and Solvay in Belgium, Anne joined Holcim where she spent 12 years in different line and staff positions and businesses. Her first assignment at Holcim was as Treasurer of the West European Coordination center in Brussels soon followed by becoming the Business Development Manager at Holcim Belgium Ready-mix Concrete subsidiary that annually produced 3.5 million m3.

In 2002, she joined Holcim worldwide headquarters in Zurich (Switzerland) as Project Manager within the Corporate Strategic department. She was managing and coaching strategic and business plan projects for Holcim companies in several countries around the world.

In 2004, she became Assistant Manager reporting to the Senior Vice President for Middle East and North Africa where she acquired a sound knowledge of the regional business culture.

Later on she joined the Sustainable Development Department of Holcim as Senior Business Developer in Alternative Fuels and Raw Materials (AFR).

During these years, she gained comprehensive commercial and operational experience in cement and concrete from both a customer and operational perspective. She also acquired strong consulting and project management skills in strategy and corporate issues (including environmental topics).

At the beginning of 2008, with the objective to leverage her intensive 12 years’ experience of the industry, she decided to set up her own consulting business and founded Cementis.

Laurent Grimmeissen
Partner

After graduating with an MBA from EM Strasbourg Business School, Laurent started his career as Managing Director of a ready-mix concrete company in the East of France.

Following the sale of his company to the Holcim group (then Holderbank), he joined the French subsidiary of Holcim where he participated in a large restructuring project led by Arthur Andersen. Afterwards, he was appointed to Corporate Finance at the world headquarters of Holcim in Switzerland.

During his career with Holcim, Laurent held several positions including Regional Controller, Special Projects, M&A, and Vice-President of Middle East and North Africa as part of the Chairman’s office.

After more than 25 years with Holcim, Laurent decided to become again his own entrepreneur and joined Anne Dekeukelaere to start Cementis. During his now 35 years spent in the cement industry, Laurent has visited over 60 countries worldwide and thereby establishing a solid industry knowledge as well as a strong network of cement and non-cement decision makers.

Jean-Pierre Degre
Partner

Jean Pierre is a Chemical and Geological Engineer. He accumulated more than 41 years’ experience within the Holcim Group. Over his 41 years with Holcim, he held various positions and functions. As Senior Vice-President and Head of the worldwide Alternative Fuels and Natural Resources Division he was in charge of the worldwide “Wastes to Resources” strategy for Holcim and implemented the Co-processing business in more than 40 countries.

Jean Pierre is the founder of the co-processing concept (use of waste as alternative fuel and raw material in the cement industry) and promoter of the UN / Basel Convention Guidelines on co-processing.

He was also Board Chairman for the world renown GIZ-Holcim strategic alliance (2003-2009) and introduced the “Co-processing” concept at the COP 9 Bali – June 2008 which initiated the UN/SBC Co-processing guidelines.
Apart from being an expert and delegate to the United Nations led Basel Convention (UN/) and to R&D & Environmental Division of the European Commission, his passion is the development of neutral CO2 cementitious binders production.

After retiring, jean-Pierre joined Cementis as partner.