Holcim, Martin Marietta veteran Allen rounds out Terra CO2 C-suite

Terra CO2 Technology is poised for OPUS SCM commercialization on the heels of CEO Bill Yearsley’s (right) Q2 management appointments: Chief Operating Officer Chance Allen, Commercial Director Michele Blackburn and Chief Financial Officer Anjy Salinas.

Supplementary cementitious material process developer Terra CO2 Technology has appointed Chance Allen as chief operating officer, ahead of an early-2024 groundbreaking on a charter production facility for the Golden, Colo. company’s flagship offering, OPUS SCM. Allen arrives after a nearly four-year tour as Holcim US regional head, Western United States and 20-plus years in Martin Marietta Materials vice president and other management capacities. Terra CO2 credits his success in managing large-scale businesses, executing strategic growth initiatives, and facilitating mergers and acquisitions; expertise in lean manufacturing methods, sales management, contract negotiations, and land acquisitions; plus, talent for building robust, efficient teams.

Concurrent with Allen’s appointment, Terra CO2 has named Anjy Salinas as chief financial officer, bringing 20 years of financial acumen and industry experience, primarily at Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Houston; and, Michele Blackburn as commercial director, arriving with 10-plus years at Johns Manville and Saint-Gobain business units. 

“The addition of Chance, Anjy, and Michele is an important step for Terra CO2,” says CEO Bill Yearsley. “Their deep industry experience and unique insights will enhance our ability to deliver on our mission of decarbonizing concrete by replacing cement. As we transition to deployment of our first commercial plants, these strategic appointments will ensure our readiness to meet the growing demand for sustainable building materials.”

Terra CO2’s core technology centers on converting inexpensive, abundant, and local feedstocks—primarily from aggregate operations—to high-performing and cost-competitive cementitious materials. The proprietary process has been demonstrated in a pilot reactor and companion equipment at the company’s headquarters outside Denver. It equates to 70 percent lower carbon dioxide emissions than the portland cement that the OPUS SCM replaces.