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Frank Ernst
Global Digital Lead Manufacturing at LafargeHolcim


At the interface of people, business and technology: Frank is Digital Lead Manufacturing reporting to the Group CDO and driving the digital transformation in cement manufacturing and supply chain. Frank is the founder and GM of an internal tech venture that helps cement manufacturing sites to take data driven decisions. He is also co-founder of LH MAQER the open innovation platform of LafargeHolcim.

Frank has a decade of experience in cement manufacturing starting from technical in-house consulting to global responsibilities for thermal technology, emission reduction and plant automation. He established and ran successful manufacturing performance improvement and energy efficiency schemes on all continents. His global innovation programs focussed around automation systems, digitalization of the supply chain and energy. He has built and transformed teams from technical consultants to change and sparring partners, and established global communities of experts.

Frank holds a Masters in process engineering, a PhD in nanotechnology and degrees in leadership, change management and innovation.