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Edwin Hufemia


Edwin Hufemia

Country Director

Bangladesh

When I first heard of CEMEX in mid-2001, I must admit that I did not have a clue about the company. Yet, four months later, I became part of CEMEX Philippines’ new logistics team, as Logistics Planning Manager. The company had just crafted a pioneering direct-to-retail distribution strategy and the role of logistics was critical. The plans were aggressive—a real CEMEX trait—and I was tasked to introduce supply chain management to the company, and to improve customer service through better collaboration among the sales, logistics and production areas.

In July 2004, the Country President called me into his office to tell me that the Logistics Vice President had suddenly left the company, and he assigned me to take charge of the department. The management team proved to be very supportive. The president, along with other department heads, took turns mentoring, and giving me management pointers.

“I must admit that I did not have a clue about the company.”

In 2006, I joined an Institutional —a course designed exclusively for CEMEX to give its executives access to a world-class education, and to enhance networking among the company’s executives. CEMEX believes that innovation and collaboration is best taught through sharing each other’s ideas and experiences.

In August 2008, the logistics and commercial departments were merged, and I was assigned to head the new group. It was a tough time since we needed to increase our cash sales, and reduce trade receivables significantly. Nevertheless, a year later, our trade receivables were cut in half, and we were selling more than the previous year.

Since August 2010, I have assumed my new role as the Country Director for CEMEX’s operation in Bangladesh. Overseeing an entire business unit is a totally different responsibility for me. But I am not overly concerned; I am confident that the training, experiences and values that I have gained from CEMEX will enable me to get this new job done.

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