The Board of CRH plc announced the co-option to the Board on Wednesday 26 October 2011, of Ernst Bärtschi, as a non-executive Director.
Mr Bärtschi (59), who is a Swiss national, is Chief Executive of Sika AG, a manufacturer of specialty chemicals for construction and general industry. Prior to joining Sika, he worked for the Schindler Group and was Chief Financial Officer between 1997 and 2001. Over the course of his career he has gained extensive experience in India, China and the Far East generally.
He is a member of the Board of Bucher Industries AG, a mechanical and vehicle engineering company based in Switzerland. He holds a degree in economics (1976) from the University of St Gallen, Switzerland.