Andrews Speakers Series presents former Chairman of Lafarge

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- The Mason School of Business will host Bertrand P. Collomb, former Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge SA, as the first Executive-in-Residence in the Laurie and John Andrews Speakers Series in Principled Business Leadership.

Mr. Collomb will be in residence March 3-6. During this time he will speak to undergraduate and graduate classes on sustainability, global strategy, and international accounting standards.  Specifically, Mr. Collomb will discuss global strategy with MBAs, sustainability with undergraduate marketing students, and the International Bertrand P. CollombFinancial Reporting Standards with graduate accounting students. Collomb will present "Running a Global Company" to the entire MBA class. 

The Andrews Speakers Series is designed to support executives-in-residence, seminars, speakers and discussions that emphasize business ethics, business leadership, and business achievement in the undergraduate and graduate programs of the Mason School.

The hallmark of the school’s academic programs—a highly personalized, experience-based business education that provides students the skills and leadership behaviors that really matter in business—is further underscored by the series.

Bertrand P. Collomb served as Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge SA from August 1989 to May 2003, its Senior Executive Vice President from 1987 to January 1989 and also served as its Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, Mr. Collomb served various executive positions at Lafarge, namely in North America, from 1975 to 1989.

Mr. Collomb first joined Lafarge in 1975, and served various positions in Lafarge Ciments including Regional Director, then Chief Operating Officer and then President. Collomb served as Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and serves as a Trustee of the International Accounting Standards Foundation (IASF). He is also a Member of the European Round Table of Industrialists, Chairman of Association Francaise des Entreprise Privees (AFEP), member of the Institut de France and on December 10, 2001, was elected to the Academie des Sciences Morales ET Politiques and Vice-Chairman of 'Entreprises pour I'Environnment'.

Mr. Collomb graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines in Paris with a French Law Degree. He has a PhD in Management from The University of Texas.