China: China National Materials (Sinoma) chairman Tan Zhongming has died. Tan, who was in his late 50s, reportedly died of a heart attack while in France for a company roadshow on 2 September 2012. Vice-chairman Yu Shiliang will succeed him.
The state-owned company is one of China's five biggest cement producers. Tan was also a director of Sinoma's Shanghai-listed subsidiary, Sinoma International Engineering, the world's biggest producer of cement equipment, with businesses in more than 30 countries.
Tan was chairman of Sinoma when it listed in Hong Kong in December 2007. He was also general manager of Sinoma's state-owned parent, China National Materials Group. From 1995 to October 2000, Tan held various positions in the State Bureau of Building Materials Industry. He had more than 35 years of experience in China's non-metals materials industry.
Tan graduated with a doctorate in management from Xian Jiaotong University in 1999 and was a professional senior engineer.