19 January 2005

Ad hoc: Chairman of HeidelbergCement retires earlier than scheduled

Hans Bauer, 60, will resign from his position as Chairman of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement and is retiring as of 31 January 2005.

The mutually agreed premature termination of his contract, previously scheduled by the end of 2007, follows on Mr. Bauer's request.

The Supervisory Board will decide upon his successor in an extraordinary meeting on Saturday, 22 January 2005.

Heidelberg, 19 January 2005

The Managing Board

Ad hoc announcement pursuant to § 15 German Securities Trading Act (WpHG)     

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Andreas Schaller

Group Spokesman, Director Group Communication & Investor Relations
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HeidelbergCement AG
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