BIBM Board Members & Chairmen of Commissions
Bart van Melick (the Netherlands, 1963) is graduated in Business Engineering and Policy Sciences (University Nijmegen). He has worked in different positions in the precast concrete industry since 1989. In 2003 he became CEO of BTE Holding B.V. in Dodewaard. He is President of the Dutch Precast Concrete Association (BFBN – Bond van Fabrikanten van Betonproducten in Nederland) and member of several international commissions.
Stefan Van Buggenhout (Belgium, 1969) is an industrial engineer by education and a Managing Director at Structural Concrete Belgium – CRH Ergon, Prefaco since 2012. He is also a chairman of FEBE – the Belgian Precast Concrete Federation (since 2012).
FEBE (Federatie van de Betonindustrie) is the association of Belgian industries that manufacture or supply precast concrete. It professionally and efficiently upholds the common objectives of companies in the sector.
Friedrich Gebhart (Germany)
Francisco García (Spain, 1964) studied Economics and Business Administration at Universidad San Pablo CEU, undergraduate studies of Administration and business management at the IESIDE. He has been working in the precast concrete industry since 1989 and has been CEO of the PREFHORVISA group since 1995, with factories in Spain and the Dominican Republic. Member of the Board of the Association of Precast Concrete Industry of Galicia – ASFADECE, since 1996. Member of the Board of the National Association of Precast Concrete Industry – ANDECE, since 2007. Currently Vice-president. Member of the Board of the National Association of Precast Concrete Blocks and Concrete Masonry – NORMABLOC, President since 2009.
Michael Wardian (Austria)
Idar Heskestad (Norway)
Bertrand Bedel (France)
Chairman of the Technical Commission
Gernot Brandweiner (Austria) graduated from Graz’s University of Technology. He has international experiences on worldwide building sites (Saudi Arabia, Algeria). He later worked for precast concrete enterprises in Austria. Since 2002, he is the Managing Director of the Association of Austrian Precast Industry (Verband Österreichischer Beton- und Fertigteilwerke – VÖB).
Chairman of the Communication Commission
Ulrich Lotz (Germany, 1963) studied economics and business administration at the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim (Diplom-Ökonom) and achieved a doctoral degree at the Technical University of Munich (Dr. rer. pol.) by a doctoral dissertation on strategic government of trade associations by the individualization of collective services. Since December 1994 he is working for the precast concrete industry in Germany, since 1998 as managing director of several German precast concrete associations and service organisations. Since 2002 also as CEO of the biggest European precast concrete congress, BetonTage, that takes place every year in February in (southern) Germany, since 2014 with spin off congress BetonTage asia in Shanghai, China. From 2005 to 2010 he was also CEO of the German precast concrete Federation BDB. Since 2002 he is also responsible as CEO of leading quality organisations in Germany in the building material industry for testing, quality control and certification with worldwide customers, holding an international accreditation. Since 2016 as CEO of the successor company argus CERT BAU. His main tasks are the strategic orientation and future development of the precast concrete industry. Dr. Ulrich Lotz is working also in commissions on a European level in the European Precast Concrete Federation BIBM and is giving presentations on national and international level. He was appointed as the Chairman of the BIBM Communication Commission in December 2014.
Chairman of the Environmental Commission
John-Erik Reiersen (Norway) is a Managing Director at Betongelementforeningen – the Norwegian Precast Concrete Federation (since 2002).
Betongelementforeningen is the trade association of precast concrete manufacturers in Norway. The main aims of the federation are to promote precast concrete in the construction market and to disseminate information, through a range of industry representation and by shared knowledge, to add value to its member companies. Members’ interests are continually developed in a national context and on european level through engagement in international standardization and trade regulation.
Alessio Rimoldi (Italy, 1976)
Secretary General since January 2007, Alessio Rimoldi joined the federation in 2004 as Technical Adviser. Initially in charge with the technical and environmental dossiers of the association, he was rapidly involved in the development of the BIBM and worked on federating members around common messages of the precast concrete sector. Mechanical Engineer as background (double degree in both Milan and Brussels Universities, 2001); he got a Master in Management at the Solvay Business school (2005).
Public Affairs and Communication Officer
Magdalena Herbik (Poland, 1986)
Magdalena Herbik joined BIBM in 2019 as Public Affairs and Communication Officer. Magdalena graduated from International Relations and Sociocultural Animation in Poland, completing part of her studies abroad i.a. at the National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan (IR, BSc) and at Işık University in Turkey (IR, MSc). She also studied Mandarin at Beijing Normal University in China (Confucius Institute Scholarship Programme). Prior to BIBM, she worked in a consultancy firm, an EU institution (European Parliament), an NGO and a private language school. Magdalena is a native Polish speaker. In addition, she speaks English and is proficient in German and Mandarin Chinese.