McInnis Cement names new chief ahead of plant start up

Montreal-based McInnis Cement has appointed as president and chief executive officer Hervé Mallet, whose industrial sector tenure spans sales, marketing and operations management. Most recently, he oversaw eight production facilities as executive vice president – North America for Charlotte, N.C.-based die cast and metal injection molding specialist Dynacast International.

Hervé Mallet

McInnis Cement’s first raw materials vessel approaches the Port-Daniel-Gascons marine terminal, which extends from the eastern Quebec site into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Dry commissioning for certain parts of the operation began late last year toward finished-cement deliveries scheduled to begin this spring.

He arrives as McInnis Cement prepares for commercial operation of a 2 million ton/year facility in Port-Daniel-Gascons, part of the Gaspé region on Quebec’s eastern stretches. Set on a pristine limestone deposit, the marine terminal-equipped mill can expedite barge deliveries to Great Lakes, New England and Mid-Atlantic markets.

With an eye to “creating a world-class cement company, built on innovation and a strong and experienced team,” Mallet observes, “I share with the company shareholders their vision of making McInnis an environmental and sustainable development leader in the industry, as well as a leader in customer service. I hope to position McInnis as a key company in the Gaspé area, but also as an important contributor to Quebec’s economic vitality, as it enters North American markets in the coming months.”

Concurrenty, McInnis Cement has named two vice presidents: Gaétan Vézina, Cement and Sustainable Development, and Alexandre Rail, Operations—the latter promoted from plant manager.