Titan America, Cemex chiefs named to top PCA posts

Sources: Portland Cement Association; CP staff

During its fall meeting, the PCA board of directors elected Titan America CEO Aris Papadopoulos chairman and Cemex USA President Gilberto Perez vice chairman, both for two-year terms.

Papadopoluous, who succeeds GCC of America’s Enrique Escalante, has been at the helm of Titan America and Titan Atlantic in Norfolk, Va., since 1994, overseeing the Tarmac America integration in 2000 and other North American development activities for Athens-based parent Titan Cement Group. He has chaired PCA’s Sustainability and Communications Committees, and leads the PCA-, American Concrete Institute- and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association-chartered Joint Sustainability Initiative. Papadopoulos holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts of Institute of Technology and a Harvard MBA.

Succeeding him as PCA vice chairman, Perez joined Houston-based Cemex USA in 1988, and served in international sales, logistics, strategic planning and general management capacities. Following appointment as president in 1998, he led integration of cement, concrete and aggregate production assets gained through major Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. acquisitions now defining the U.S. operation: Southdown Corp. in 2000, RMC USA in 2005 and Rinker Materials Corp. in 2007. He has been a member of the PCA Executive and Government Affairs Committees and National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association board. Perez holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Monterrey Institute of Technology, Mexico, and M.S. in Management from Stanford University.