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Senior management changes at CRH

26 July 2004

CRH plc announces that Mr. Brian Hill, Managing Director, CRH Europe Products & Distribution, will retire as an executive and director as planned on 31st October 2004.

Mr. John Wittstock is appointed to succeed Brian as Managing Director, CRH Europe Products & Distribution, with a formal transition in effect from 1st September 2004. John has been Chief Executive, Oldcastle Products & Distribution since 2000 (Oldcastle is the holding company for CRH’s North American operations), having joined CRH as President of the Glass Group on its acquisition in 1990. He was appointed to the CRH Board in January 2002.

Mr. Joe McCullough is appointed to succeed John as Chief Executive, Oldcastle Products & Distribution. Joe joined CRH in the United States in 1979 as Vice President Development. From 1991-2002 he was Chief Executive of Oldcastle Architectural Products Group (APG). which he grew from its foundation into the national leader in its field. He is currently Chairman of APG and CRH Group Development Director.

Commenting on these changes, Liam O’Mahony, CRH Chief Executive, said “Under Brian’s direction, Europe Products & Distribution has grown to be a €4 Billion market leader with operations in 15 countries. We thank him for his outstanding contributions to CRH’s development over a 33 year career, and wish him well in his retirement. We are confident that John and Joe, with their broad experience and achievements to date, will lead their teams on to further success into the future”.

Contact CRH at Dublin: +353 1 404 1000

Liam O’Mahony Chief Executive
Myles Lee Finance Director

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