Keith Barker has been appointed as Managing Director of Wienerberger, following a wider European management reorganisation, which will see current Managing Director, Harald Schwarzmayr, take the position of Chief Operating Officer of Pipelife North and Western Europe.

Mr Barker, currently Wienerberger UK's Commercial Director, has been on the UK board for more than seven years and has played a key role in shaping the strategy of the business. He will assume the new role of Managing Director from September.

Over the last 10 years, Wienerberger UK has delivered strong organic growth following a period of rapid acquisitions in the previous decade. This is not only a significant contributor to Wienerberger group revenue, but is also enabling the industry leader to set trends and standards in areas as diverse as health and safety and the adoption of BIM (Building Information Modelling). Wienerberger UK is also spearheading the Digital Construction movement, with a specific focus on supply chain management and marketing.

Mr Barker said: "I'm delighted to be taking on the role of Managing Director of Wienerberger's UK operations. Having worked within the senior management team for over seven years, I am excited to be taking this next step and helping further shape and mould Wienerberger's future within the UK. We've seen some fantastic growth under Harald's time as Managing Director and I'm keen to continue to expand on this success.”

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