Forterra has appointed Neil Ash as Chief Executive Officer designate from 3rd April 2023. This appointment follows the announcement earlier this year that Stephen Harrison would be stepping down as Chief Executive Officer during the first half of 2023, allowing time both to commission the new Desford brick factory and support an orderly transition.
Ash has almost three decades’ experience in the building materials sector. Currently at Etex, the Belgian lightweight building materials manufacturer, he leads the €2 billion revenue Building Performance division. His experience includes 15 years at Lafarge, where he undertook many roles, including the role of Vice President International Business Development and Sales and Commercial Director UK & Ireland of Lafarge Plasterboard.
Justin Atkinson, Chairman of the Board at Forterra, said “We are very pleased to appoint Neil as the next CEO. His business leadership and extensive building materials sector knowledge will be invaluable to Forterra in the next stages of our development and the Board looks forward to working with him. The Board and I are grateful to Stephen Harrison for the significant contribution he has made to the business during his tenure as CEO. We wish him all the best for the future after he leaves Forterra in the second quarter of 2023.”