Tom Hill resigns, Mark Towe to take over CRH America

(LONDON) – CRH Plc. said its chief executive in the Americas, Tom Hill, has resigned and will be replaced by the company’s Americas Materials CEO Mark Towe.

Doug Black, president and chief operating officer of Americas Materials, will succeed Mark Towe as chief executive of that division, the construction company said.

CRH has also appointed Bill Sandbrook as chief executive for Americas Products and Distribution with overall responsibility for architectural products, precast, glass, and distribution.

Sandbroook is chief executive of Architectural Products Group.

Senior Management changes at CRH

CRH plc, the international building materials group, announces that Tom Hill, Chief Executive of CRH’s operations in the Americas, has resigned from the CRH Board effective 25 June 2008 and is resigning from his executive duties with effect from 31 July 2008.

Tom will be succeeded by Mark Towe who is currently Chief Executive of CRH’s Americas Materials Division. Mark (58) joined CRH as Chief Operating Officer of Americas Materials in 1997 and has over 30 years experience in the North American aggregates and asphalt industry. He was appointed Chief Executive, Americas Materials in July 2006. Mark will join the CRH Board on taking up his new position on 31 July 2008.

Doug Black (43), currently President & Chief Operating Officer of Americas Materials, will succeed Mark Towe as Chief Executive of that Division. Doug joined CRH in 1995 and has held a number of senior positions in CRH’s Products operations, including Chief Executive of CRH’s Architectural Products Group. Doug moved to his current position in the Materials Division in July 2006.

Bill Sandbrook (50), currently Chief Executive Architectural Products Group, has been appointed Chief Executive Americas Products & Distribution with overall responsibility for Architectural Products, Precast, Glass, MMI and Distribution. Bill joined CRH with the acquisition of Tilcon in 1996 and, after holding a succession of senior positions in the Materials Group, was appointed to his current position in July 2006.

Commenting on these changes, Liam O’Mahony, CRH Chief Executive, and Myles Lee, Chief Executive Designate, said “We thank Tom Hill for his many years of significant achievement at senior level in the CRH Group and we wish him well for the future. Mark, Doug and Bill bring considerable experience to their major new roles as the leaders of our Americas business.”

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