Leading cement manufacturer Holcim Philippines, Inc. takes pride in the all-Filipino team leading its cement manufacturing facilities with the appointment of new leaders for its plants in Bulacan and Misamis Oriental while the head of logistics operations is promoted as senior-vice president.
Holcim’s plant in Lugait, Misamis Oriental is now led by former Production Manager Arnold Pepino, who had been sent to Romania and Austria to learn best practices under the LafargeHolcim Group’s Learning Across Borders program.
Edwin Villas was appointed as the Senior Vice President Logistics after serving as officer-in-charge of the department sice 2019 concurrent to his role as Vice President for Sales for Greater Manila Region and South Luzon. As officer-in-charge of Logistics, Villas successfully steered the team in delivering distribution and road safety targets. He previously held senior Sales leadership roles and served in Procurement and Internal Audit. Villas is a Certified Professional for Supply Management, Certified Information System Auditor and holds a degree in computer science. He also completed the leadership program in the International Institute of Management Development (IMD) Switzerland.
Bobby Garza, Vice President for Operations of the Holcim’s Lugait, Misamis Oriental plant, will lead the Norzagaray, Bulacan facility, the company’s biggest plant in terms of production capacity. Garza steered the Lugait plant to be recognized as among the best in the region and the LafargeHolcim Group. He also championed people development and local talent succession in the company. Garza is a licensed mining engineer and has attended leadership programs in IMD Switzerland.
Taking over Garza as Vice President of Operations of the Lugait plant is Arnold Pepino, who was previously the site’s Production Manager. Pepino started his career in Holcim Philippines as a Cadet Engineer in 1996. Over the years, he moved to different roles and projects in Production, Process and Manufacturing Excellence. In 2017, he was sent by the LafargeHolcim Group to plants in Romania and Austria to learn best practices under its Learning Across Borders Program. Pepino holds a Masters in Business Administration and a computer engineering degree.
Both sites recently completed equipment upgrades and operational efficiency improvements that enhance the company’s ability to provide reliable supply to customers across the country.
Last September, the Norzagaray plant inaugurated new storage and loading facilities that improve its ability to serve customers faster. On the other hand, the Lugait facility topped an internal competition to raise industrial performance with notable gains in improving costs by optimizing fuel mix, power and raw materials.