Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Mr. Jean-Marc Junon, French

[B. Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering]
Mr. Jean-Marc Junon is Chairman of the Board of Directors of TPCC from April 2005. He took his apprenticeship on the production side in the nuclear industry in France, where he worked for 5 years rising to the position of Site Manager. He joined the cement industry in 1987 as Deputy Plant Manager in Italcementi Group, serving that Group for 14 years in increasingly more responsible posts, overseeing executive roles in production, strategic business planning & development. He rose to the position of Business Development Manager in charge of South-East Asisa and China before leaving Italcementi at the end of 2000. He joined the HeidelbergCement Group in 2001 as Chief Operating Officer in charge of China.
He is currently Chief Operating Officer for HeidelbergCement Africa. Mr. Junon chairs or sits on the Boards of several other companies in the Group.

Mr. Alfonso Velez, Spanish

Mr. Velez took over as the Company’s Managing Director in August 2016. He has brought to TPCC his 20 years of cement industry experience and expertise through a proven record of Operational Leadership, Strategy Development, Strong Team Building, Financial Management and Customer Relationship Management.

Mr. Velez, a 48year old Spanish national, holds a PhD of Economics & Business Organization (University of Granada-Spain), MBA of Corporate Finance (University of Dallas–USA), and a BA of Economics (University of Madrid-Spain). He has had further extensive trainings related to the cement industry and various leadership courses from Harvard University (USA), and other Ivy League Universities. Alfonso’s wealth of cement industry experience is close to 20years having worked in industry related companies in Europe, such as Holcim, until he joined HeidelbergCement Group in 2013 as the Managing Director of CimBenin, in Benin-West Africa.

Alfonso is a strategic leader with strong expertise in Business Finance and Commercial. As the Team Leader of the TPCC Management Team, he is responsible for ensuring that the company attains its Commercial, Technical, Operational and Financial goals. Alfonso draws strength from HeidelbergCement’s company’s philosophy & culture, and hence shall continue to steer TPCC to growth with positive margins year after year. Today, TPCC is a market leader and one of the largest corporates in Tanzania.

Mr. Gary Whitehead

Mr. Gary Whitehead worked with the Hanson Group for 15 years, joining the HeidelbergCement Group in 2007 when Hanson was acquired
by HeidelbergCement AG. Gary worked within the United Kingdom business in various senior Finance roles before being appointed the
Chief Finance Offi cer of the Turkish JV, Akcansa in 2010. He joined HeidelbergCement Africa in November 2012 as the CFO for HC Africa
Group of Companies. Gary was appointed to the Board of TPCC in December 2012.

Ms. Ruth Zaipuna,Tanzanian


–2002 Masters of Business Administration – Finance (MBA)    UDSM, Tanzania 

–2000 Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) – Accounting, UDSM  Tanzania

–2010: Certified Public Accountant in Public Practice (CPA-PP)

–2005: Certified Public Accountant (CPA (T))

2011 Aug - to Date:  Executive Director Finance & CFO  Standard Chartered Bank (T) Ltd.

2011 Jul – 2011 Aug  Assurance Director, Audit & Assurance Services  PwC (T) Ltd.

2009 Jul – 2011 Jun  Senior Manager, Audit & Assurance Services  PwC (T) Ltd.

2007 Jul – 2009 Jun  Manager, Audit & Assurance Services  PwC (T) Ltd.

2006 Jul – 2007 Jun  Senior Associate 1, Audit & Assurance Services  PwC (T) Ltd.

2005 Jul – 2006 Jun  Senior Associate 2, Audit & Assurance Services  PwC (T) Ltd.

2004 Jul – 2005 Jun  Senior Associate 3, Audit & Assurance Services  PwC (T) Ltd.

2003 Jul – 2004 Jun  Associate 1, Audit & Assurance Services  PwC (T) Ltd.

2002 Jul – 2003 Jun  Associate 2, Audit & Assurance Services  PwC (T) Ltd.

Ms. Zaipuna has strong expertise in Taxation, Finance, Audit and is currently the Executive Director & CFO of Standard Chartered Bank Tanzania Ltd. She seats on various corporate Boards in private and parastatal institutions in Tanzania.

Mr. Oswald Urassa,Tanzanian


–2002 Masters of Business Administration – Finance (MBA)  University   of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 

–2000 Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) - Accounting  University of Dar es   Salaam, Tanzania

–2010:  Certified Public Accountant in Public Practice (CPA-PP)

–2005:  Certified Public Accountant (CPA (T))

Institute of Finance Management (IFM): Tutorial Assistant – Senior Lecturer – 1991 - 1998

Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE): Finance & Operations Manager –1999 to 2007

National Microfinance Bank Plc (NMB): Head of Treasury - 2007 to 2009

National Microfinance Bank Plc (NMB): Head, Investor Relations - 2009 to 2010

Tanzania Mortgage Refinance Co. Ltd (TMRC): Chief Finance Officer (CFO) 2011 To-date.

Vice Chairman, Tanzania Association of Accountants (TAA) Governing Council – 2006 to 2009

Chairman, Tanzania Association of Accountants (TAA) Governing Council - 2009 to 2015

GEPF Retirement Benefit Fund from 2009 to-date

Chairman GEPF Audit Committee from 2012 to-date

National Board of Accountants and Auditors (NBAA) Tanzania Governing Board October 2014 to-date

Chairman, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania, Eastern and Coastal Diocese (ELCT-ECD) Investment Trust Board (ITB) dealing with church investments from 2008 to 2015

Mr.Hakan Gurdal,Turkish

Hakan Gürdal studied mechanical engineering at the Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul and holds an MBA in International Management from the University of Istanbul.

He joined çanakkale çimento (today part of HeidelbergCement’s joint venture Akçansa in Turkey) in 1992. He held various management positions at Akçansa, such as Strategy & Business Development Manager (1996–1997), Vice General Manager Cement Domestic Sales & Exports (1997–2000) and Vice General Manager Ready-mixed Concrete, Aggregates and Purchasing (2000–2008), before he became General Manager Akçansa (2008–2014). From 2014 to the end of January 2016 he was President of the Strategic Business Unit Cement of Sabanci Holding.

Hakan Gürdal has been appointed member of the HeidelbergCement Managing Board on 1 February 2016. Since 1 April 2016, he has been in charge of the Africa-Eastern Mediterranean Basin Group area. As from 1 January 2017, he will additionally be in charge of Group Purchasing.