Management team biographies

With our size and internationality, we continually strive to strengthen our “multi-local” organization, providing central guidelines, support and know-how where it counts, in our overall efforts to continue to provide highest quality under the best conditions for all of our customers worldwide.
Above this, we continually develop and expand our network of knowledge sharing and invest in our people. This allows us to take advantage of our unique competencies to innovate and improve our industrial performance so that our customers can be assured that what they receive is the best offer possible.

Management Team

Monier is led by a 5-member Executive Committee.

Jean-Christophe Barbant, Chief Executive Officer

With a degree from the École Polytechnique and École Nationale Superieure des Mines in Paris, Jean-Christophe Barbant exercised various functions in the area of strategy and industrial development within the French Ministry of Industry from 1988 to 1991. From 1993 to 1995, this time for the French Ministry of Transport, he conducted a governmental mission in river and sea navigation.

Jean-Christophe Barbant joined Lafarge in 1995 as Director of Strategy of the Gypsum Division. In 1997, he was appointed Senior Vice President for Northern and Central Europe of the Gypsum Division. At the same time, he exercised the position of General Manager for the German and Dutch subsidiaries. In 2000 he was appointed Director Corporate E-Business of the Lafarge Group, and in April 2003 became COO of the Roofing Division (now Monier), responsible for Marketing and all Roofing activities in Germany, North America, Mexico, Brazil and South Africa. As of 1 January 2006, he is CEO of Monier.

Paul Kolowratnik, Chief Operating Officer

Paul Kolowratnik, Chief Operating Officer

With a degree in process technology and chemical engineering of the Technological University of Graz, Austria, Paul Kolowratnik started his career as plant manager of Ebenseer Betonwerke, Austria, later becoming Industrial Director with responsibility for 13 plants. After an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, he joined the former Braas Group in 1982 as Group Controller. In 1984, he was appointed CEO of Lafarge Braas Italia. Since 1990 he is a member of the board of Braas GmbH, later Lafarge Roofing, now Monier.

As COO of Monier, he is responsible for the Technical Center, the chimney business, and the roofing activities in Germany, the Nordic and Baltic countries, Italy, Turkey and Eastern Europe.

Jean-Marc Chicco, Chief Operating Officer

Jean-Marc Chicco, Chief Operating Officer

A graduated electronics engineer of French Ecole Superieure d’Electricite (Supelec), Jean-Marc Chicco obtained an MBA from the University of Austin, Texas, in 1976 and, from 1977 to 1983, exercised various executive functions within TRW Semiconductors, a US company specializing in electronic components for communication and energy conversion. In 1983 he founded his own company specialized in the design, production and distribution of power electronic systems. After he sold the company in 1991, he joined the Valeo Group as Marketing Director of the Electronic division. In 1992, he was appointed General Manager of one of the electronic business units. From 1996 to 1998, he was General Manager of the Engine Cooling division.

In 1999, he joined Lafarge Roofing, now Monier, as COO. He is responsible for the Business Line Roofing Components, Central Marketing, and the roofing activities in Asia, Western Europe, Brazil and South Africa.

Thomas Kirschner, CFO

Thomas Kirschner, Chief Financial Officer

After university studies in business administration with a specialization in banking, Thomas Kirschner joined KPMG in 1986. He was appointed Auditor for KPMG Sao Paulo in 1989. From 1991 to 1992 he was Supervisor of KPMG in Frankfurt. Following this experience, he took charge of the Finance and Accounting department of the German textile group Hof. In 1995, he returned to Brazil, this time as Project Manager Joint Ventures of Krupp Metalúrgica. In 1997, he was appointed CEO of Krupp Karman Sistemas Automotivos, Brazil.

In 2000 Thomas Kirschner joined Lafarge Roofing, now Monier, as CFO. His additional responsibilities include IT/IS and Legal.

Andrea Benincasa, Vice President Organization and Human Resources

Andrea Benincasa, Vice President Organization and Human Resources

With a degree in Business Administration from the University Bocconi, Milan, Andrea Benincasa has worked in HR, Sales and Marketing and General Management. In 1994 he joined the Sales & Marketing team of Lafarge Roofing Italy as Product Manager chimneys, and was appointed Sales & Marketing Director of Schiedel Italy in 1996. In 1998 he became HR Director of Lafarge Roofing Italy, Brai and Schiedel. He moved to Japan in 2002, where he took over as CEO of Lafarge Roofing Japan.

On 1 January 2006, he became Vice President Organization & Human Resources for Lafarge Roofing, now Monier.








Jean-Christoph Barbant, CEO