DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Summit Materials, Inc. (NYSE: SUM), a leading vertically integrated construction materials company, announced today that, effective January 8, 2018, Karl H. Watson Jr. has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, succeeding Douglas C. Rauh.
Tom Hill, CEO of Summit, stated, “We are very pleased to have Karl join Summit. I have known him for years and his depth and breadth of experience in our industry will add impactful leadership to our already strong team. I am confident that Karl will make a great partner as we strengthen Summit for our next phase of growth.”
Mr. Watson said, “I am excited to have the opportunity to work for such a dynamic and successful company. Under Tom’s leadership, Summit has experienced significant transformational growth, and I am looking forward to contributing to its continued success.”
Mr. Watson has more than 25 years of experience in the construction materials industry. In 2017, he served as President, Cement & Southwest Ready Mix at Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., a supplier of construction aggregates and heavy building materials. Prior to joining Martin Marietta, Mr. Watson served in various leadership positions at Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V., a Mexican cement manufacturer, including President, Cemex USA. Prior to Cemex’s acquisition of Rinker Group Ltd., an Australian building materials supplier, Mr. Watson held various executive positions at Rinker in both the United States and Australia.
Mr. Watson is currently on the board of directors of the Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association and on the executive committee of the Portland Cement Association where he served as the vice chairman from 2013 to 2015. He is a past chairman of the National Ready Mix Concrete Association and the Florida Concrete and Products Association and was on the board of directors of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association from 2007 to 2011. Mr. Watson has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from Palm Beach Atlantic University.
About Summit Materials
Summit Materials is a leading vertically integrated materials-based company that supplies aggregates, cement, ready-mix concrete and asphalt in the United States and British Columbia, Canada. Summit is a geographically diverse, materials-based business of scale that offers customers a single-source provider of construction materials and related downstream products in the public infrastructure, residential and nonresidential, and end markets. Summit has a strong track record of successful acquisitions since its founding and continues to pursue growth opportunities in new and existing markets. For more information about Summit Materials, please visit www.summit-materials.com.
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