Pascal Casanova is the CEO of Lafarge France, the largest entity in the Group with over 4,500 employees and operations in some 450 sites.
Appointed to this position in January 2012, he has set in motion a complete business transformation project to build an integrated country organization and implement a performance plan of €200m through drastic cost reduction measures covering all activities, but also development of offer and services that have helped maintain sales and prices.
A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, with a diploma in Civil Engineering and a PhD in Materials and Structures from the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées, he joined Lafarge in 1999. Hired as Technical Director for Lafarge, he was notably in charge of the launch of Ductal through the first projects in France, Asia and the U.S. He was subsequently appointed head of R&D and industrial performance of the Roofing activity based in the UK, where he led several technological breakthrough projects.
In 2005, he directed the international activity of “Roofing Components” headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany, ensuring the development of production and international sales, particularly in Malaysia, South Africa, Brazil and Eastern Europe.
In 2008, he was appointed head of R&D of the Lafarge Group, the largest building materials laboratory in the world. In this context, he actively focused research and innovation towards business development, particularly with the development of new products for emerging countries, particularly China and India where Lafarge's first Construction Development Laboratories were implemented.
Before joining the Group, he started his career on the “client side”, in charge of bridges and building construction projects in France.
Pascal Casanova was born in 1968 and is a French national.