MONTERREY, May 15 (Reuters) - The board of Mexican cement giant Cemex will meet this week to pick a successor to Lorenzo Zambrano, the company's longtime chairman and chief executive officer, who died suddenly on Monday leaving no apparent heir. Many analysts and company watchers told Reuters they expect the company to promote from within, with the most likely successor coming from the current management team. Some suggest the company could split Zambrano's role between two people, or even look outside the company. A list of likely candidates follows:
* Fernando Gonzalez, 59, born in Mexico, Executive Vice President of Finance (CFO) and Administration. Gonzalez joined the company in 1989, and has worked all over the world, including stints running its European, African and Asian operations. He was closely involved and damaged by the ill-timed Rinker takeover, but he is seen by analysts as a key figure in Cemex's debt refinancing and its slow path to health.
* Francisco Garza, 58, born in Mexico, Chairman of Cemex Latin American Advisory Board and Advisor to the CEO on Institutional Relations. Garza joined Cemex in 1988 and has held various posts in the company including President of Cemex USA and President of the Americas region. Garza was a key part of Cemex's expansion and was close to Zambrano.
* Juan Romero, 57, born in Spain, President Cemex Mexico. Since joining the company in 1989, Romero has held various management posts, including running operations in Colombia, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East.
* Juan Pablo San Agustin, 45, born in Spain, Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning and New Business Development. Those who have dealt with San Agustin, who joined the company in 1994, speak of an intelligent, driven executive who may be overlooked due to a lack of experience.
* Jaime Elizondo, 50, born in Mexico, President Cemex South, Central America and the Caribbean. Elizondo joined the company in 1985, and has run operations in Panama, Venezuela, and more recently, Mexico.
* Rogelio Zambrano Lozano, 57. A board member since 1987 and a cousin of the late CEO, he is seen as a possible candidate for chairman of the board if the role is split. He holds a degree in industrial engineering from Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and a Masters degree in administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
(Reporting by Gabriela Lopez; Writing by Gabriel Stargardter; Editing by Simon Gardner and Paul Simao)