Sources: Green Cement Inc., The Woodlands, Texas; CP staff
Green Cement Inc., formerly VHSC Holdings, has appointed mining, metals and finance veteran Grant Quasha as chief executive officer, tasking him with a global expansion of its near-zero carbon PozzoSlag binder technology. He succeeds John Preston, who remains chairman, and will be based in Texas, where Green Cement has headquarters near Houston and a processing facility in Jewett.
Quasha arrives after a chief investment officer tour at GFG Alliance, overseeing growth from nascency to a $1 billion metals conglomerate with payroll approaching 1,500. He also served as managing director of Paringa Resources, a junior mining company, and chief commercial officer of Wolverine Fuels, LLC, the largest producer of Western bituminous coal. He gained extensive materials and metals sector experience through his roles as North American manager of Corporate and Structured Finance at Trafigura AG, one of the world’s largest independent commodity trading houses, and as investment banker in JPMorgan’s New York Mining and Metals Division. A past National Mining Association director, he holds Harvard University Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees.
“Green Cement has a unique opportunity to disrupt the 4 billion ton per year cement industry with its patented technology that can economically produce cement with near zero greenhouse gas emissions,” Quasha contends. “The company has been quietly perfecting its technology and can now replace up to 100 percent of portland cement with its PozzoSlag product. It is ready to expand from its existing production facilities in Texas and I am excited to grow the business with its world-class team.” Hardly a startup, he adds, Green Cement has sold over 2 million tons of PozzoSlag in the United States and has been specified for Interstate highway, airport runway and other heavy/civil concrete projects.
“Grant has an excellent track record of achievement and leadership skills that fit perfectly with our needs as we transition from a technology development company to one focused on commercial deployment,” Preston affirms. “Cement production represent[s] 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and it is imperative that we accelerate the adoption of technologies like ours that mitigate carbon emissions.”