Lafarge Tarmac appoints Penhallurick as new GC

Lafarge Tarmac has appointed Fiona Penhallurick as its new general counsel and company secretary, following the departure of its former legal head to Travis Perkins last month.

Penhallurick joins Lafarge Tarmac from renewable energy company Covanta Energy. Most recently she held the post of managing director, after spending time as the company’s director of legal and corporate affairs.

Prior to joining Covanta, Penhallurick worked as in-house counsel for companies including GEC Marconi and was executive assistant to the CEO of National Grid.

She will be stepping into her new role on 24 February, following the exit of former GC Deborah Grimason to building and DIY retailer, the Travis Perkins Group (27 January 2014). In her new post she will report directly to company CEO Cyrille Ragoucy.

Lafarge Tarmac is a joint venture formed following the merger of Lafarge UK and Anglo American’s Tarmac business in January 2013. The two companies agreed to sell off various parts of their construction materials operations to Indial steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal for an estimated £272m (19 November 2012).

Mayer Brown advised Mittal on the deal, while Freeth Cartwright took a lead role for Lafarge and Eversheds for mining giant Anglo. Linklaters was instructed by Anglo on competition aspects.

In July 2013, Lafarge Tarmac appointed its first-ever legal panel, gifting roles to Nabarro and Freeth Cartwright.