Lafarge’s Stull, PCI’s Toscas lead PCA

Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., the Portland Cement Association Board of Directors elected Lafarge North America CEO John Stull as 2014-15 chairman, succeeding Cary Cohrs (American Cement Co.), and Cemex USA President Karl Watson, Jr., vice-chairman.

“This is an important time for PCA to champion resilient construction, and advocate for critical national infrastructure funding, both of which will ensure the vitality of the cement industry,” notes Stull, who in addition to being a long-standing director has co-chaired the PCA Manufacturing Technical Committee.

Over a 22-year Lafarge Group career, Stull has progressed through vice president and regional president roles for U.S., Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa businesses. He holds a chemical engineering degree from the University of Akron and is a Harvard Business School executive management program graduate.

The PCA board also named James Toscas as president and chief executive officer, succeeding Gregory Scott. For the past 11 years, Toscas has served in the same capacity at Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, joining it shortly after a four-year tenure at the helm of the American Concrete Institute.

As a founder of the Concrete and Masonry-Related Associations, Toscas has improved the collaboration of all industry allies and provided a forum for the establishment of a strategic roadmap. “Jim brings a wealth of skill and knowledge that will serve the association and membership well,” says Cohrs, who chaired the recruitment committee for a new staff chief. “He understands the value of membership engagement and its vital role for the success of the Association.”