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LAFARGE CORPORATION GETS NEW CEO

 LAFARGE CORPORATION GETS NEW CEO
 RESTON, Va., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Lafarge Corporation


(NYSE: LAF), one of the largest manufacturers of construction materials and cement products in North America, announces that Michel Rose, senior executive vice president of Lafarge Coppee, has been appointed president and chief executive officer, effective Sept. 1, 1992.
 Rose replaces Robert W. Murdoch who submitted his resignation to the board of directors of Lafarge Corporation yesterday for "personal and family-related reasons." In a statement, Lafarge Corporation Chairman Bertrand Collomb expressed "personal and professional regret" over Murdoch's decision to leave the company and thanked him for "more than 20 years of superb service." Collomb remarked that Murdoch had effectively helped "strengthen the company during his tenure as president," and that "the steps he took over the last two difficult years should prove very beneficial to Lafarge Corporation's future results."
 Collomb said that the appointment of Rose "reaffirms" Lafarge Coppee's long-term commitment to the North American market, adding that Lafarge Corporation's strategy "remains unchanged." Murdoch will remain a director of Lafarge Corporation.
 Murdoch, who became president of Lafarge Corporation on April 29, 1987, told employees that while the decision to resign was "not an easy one to make after a very successful career" with Lafarge, it was prompted by the realization that further career opportunities within the Lafarge Coppee Group would not be compatible with his family needs. He noted that such a move is "easier to make now" than in five or 10 years. Murdoch is 50 years old.
 Rose joined the Lafarge group in 1970 as process engineer at Ciments Lafarge, a Lafarge Coppee company. He subsequently held a number of positions, including cement production engineer, director of the process division at Lafarge's research laboratory in Viviers, France, and director of internal communications of Lafarge Coppee. Between 1980 and 1987, he was appointed to several senior management positions, including president of La Companhia Nacional de Cimento Portland, Lafarge's Brazilian subsidiary. From 1987 to the present, he was president and chief executive officer of Orsan, a Lafarge subsidiary specializing in biotechnology.
 Lafarge Corporation currently operates 16 full-production cement plants, four cement grinding plants and more than 100 distribution facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Annual production capacity is more than 15 million tons of cement. The company also has more than 450 construction material operations and is one of the largest suppliers of ready-mixed concrete and aggregates in North America. Systech Environmental Corporation, a Lafarge subsidiary, is a leader in co-processing, or recycling industrial waste into fuel for cement kilns.
 Based in Reston, Lafarge Corporation is a Fortune 500 company with more than 8,300 employees and 1991 sales of $1.6 billion. Its majority shareholder, Lafarge Coppee of Paris, is one of the world's largest producers of building materials with operations in 35 countries and 1991 sales of $5.6 billion. Lafarge Corporation is traded on the NYSE and the stock exchanges of Toronto and Montreal.
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 /CONTACT: Katrina Luba Farrell of Lafarge, 703-264-3612/
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