The company's CEO, Nassef Sawiris holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Chicago (AB '82). He is Onsi Sawiris' youngest son.
As a cement producer, OCI owned and operated cement plants in Egypt, Algeria, Turkey, Pakistan, northern Iraq and Spain, which had a combined annual production capacity of 21 million tonnes.
In December 2007, OCI announced the divestment of its cement group to the French Lafarge. OCI announced that this will allow it to focus on the development of its construction operations and investments in infrastructure and natural gas industries.
Nassef Sawiris will also become a member of the Lafarge board of directors.
In January 2008, OCI confirmed that the share transfer of 100% of Orascom Building Materials Holding (“OBMH”), the holding company for its cement group assets, to Lafarge was executed.
This construction arm of Orascom has a turnover of $3.8 billion. Four-fifths of this is generated outside Egypt, part of it as a global contractor for the US Air Force.