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CRH Announces Board Appointment

25 July 2007

The Board of CRH plc is pleased to announce the co-option to the Board today, 25th July 2007, of Professor Utz-Hellmuth Felcht as a non-executive Director.

Prof. Felcht (60), who is a German national, was until May of last year Chief Executive of Degussa GmbH, Germany’s third largest chemical company, with operations on all five continents and sales in 2006 of approximately €11 billion. He started his career at Hoechst in 1977 and was a main Board Director of that company from 1991 to 1998. Between 1998 and 2000 he was Chief Executive of the chemical company SKW Trostberg AG which merged with Degussa-Huls in 2001 to form Degussa.

Prof. Felcht is on the Board of Ciba AG and is a partner in the private equity group One Equity Europe GmbH. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Hapag Lloyd and of the supervisory board of SGL Carbon AG. He holds a PhD from Kaiserslautern University and Honorary Professorships from Munich University and from Jilin University in China.

Contact CRH at Dublin 404 1000 (+353 1 404 1000)

Liam O’Mahony Chief Executive
Myles Lee Finance Director
Éimear O’Flynn Head of Investor Relations
Maeve Carton Group Controller

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