Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Meyer serves as director and Chairman of the Board of our company, and has been a Senior Managing Director of Hudson Americas L.P., an affiliate of ours and Lone Star, since April 2018, where he leads all acquisition efforts for Lone Star in North America. Prior to his role at Lone Star, Mr. Meyer served as Managing Director of Hudson Americas L.P., a related party of Lone Star and ours, from February 2015 through April 2018, where he had oversight responsibility for a number of Lone Star’s private equity investments, including our company, and also assists with the due diligence and underwriting of potential operating company investments. Prior to joining Hudson Americas, Mr. Meyer held a number of positions with McKinsey & Company, Inc., a global management consulting firm, most recently serving as a Director (Senior Partner). While at McKinsey, Mr. Meyer managed the Dallas office, co-led the Consumer Practice group and co-founded McKinsey’s Consumer Marketing Analytics Center. Mr. Meyer currently serves as a member of the board of directors of a number of privately held companies, including several for which he serves as chairman. Mr. Meyer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.
Richard “Chip” Cammerer, Jr.
Mr. Cammerer serves as a director for our company. Mr. Cammerer is a Managing Director with Hudson Advisors L.P., or Hudson, an affiliate ours and our controlling stockholder, a position he has held since January 2016. Mr. Cammerer has over 20 years of experience within the commercial and investment banking industry, advising corporate clients and boards on a range of strategic and financial transactions. He served as Managing Director of Consumer & Retail Investment Banking Group at RBC Capital Markets LLC from June 2014 to January 2016. From 2006 to June 2014, he held various roles within Citigroup Global Markets Inc.’s investment banking arm in New York, most recently being promoted to Managing Director of the industry team in 2010. Previously, he held roles with Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Banc of America Securities LLC and Bank of America, N.A. Mr. Cammerer served as Non-Executive Director of Forterra plc, a former affiliate of the Company, from March 2016 to April 2017, and currently serves as a member of the board of other private companies. Mr. Cammerer holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration in Finance from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Vanderbilt University with a dual concentration in Finance and Accounting.
Mr. Colorado serves as a director of our company. Mr. Colorado has been a member of our Board since September 2018. Mr. Colorado serves as a Managing Director with Hudson Advisors L.P., a related party of Lone Star and ours, a position he has held since April 2019, and where he served as Director from January 2016 through April 2019. In his role, Mr. Colorado advises on legal issues impacting operating companies that are affiliates of Lone Star within North America, as well as other corporate investments for which Hudson or its subsidiaries provide underwriting and asset management services in North America. In particular, Mr. Colorado has been actively involved in the negotiation and closing of numerous acquisitions, asset sales and lending transactions, for the Company and other Lone Star portfolio companies. Previously, Mr. Colorado was a Partner at the law firm of Perkins Coie LLP, from 2012 to 2016, where he supported clients in various types of mortgage banking transactions, private and public securities offerings, debt financing transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to his initial stint at Hudson Advisors that began in 2008, Mr. Colorado was an attorney with Bank of America and a Certified Public Accountant with Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Colorado currently serves as a member of the board of directors of a number of privately held companies. Mr. Colorado graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Professional Accounting degree. Mr. Colorado also received a Juris Doctor degree with honors from the University of Texas School of Law. Mr. Colorado is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas.
Ms. Harrell serves as a director for our company. Ms. Harrell has been a member of our Board since February 2020. She serves as a Managing Director of Hudson Americas, L.P. ("Hudson"), a related party of Lone Star Funds ("Lone Star"), an affiliate of ours and of our controlling stockholder, a position she has held since June 2019. Ms. Harrell has oversight responsibility over a number of Lone Star's private equity investments, including its investment in us and also assists with the due diligence and underwriting of potential operating company investments. Ms. Harrell currently serves on the board of directors of Financial Building Materials (NYSE: FBM). Prior to joining Hudson, Ms. Harrell previously served as a Director at Alinda Capital Partners, LLC, and independent infrastructure investment firm, from October 2010 to May 2019, where she had oversight over several infrastructure investments and served on the boards of directors of a number of privately held companies. Prior to Alinda, Ms. Harrell held roles at GE Capital from 2008 to 2010 and at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLP from 2001 to 2006. Ms. Harrell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Bowdoin College and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.
Mr. Lewis serves as a director for our company. Mr. Lewis has been a member of our Board since April 2018. He is a Director of Hudson Americas L.P., a related party of Lone Star and ours, where he is responsible for executing and managing private equity investments, a position he has held since January 2019. Previously, Mr. Lewis held other roles at Hudson America, L.P., serving as a Vice President from June 2015 to December 2018 and as an Associate from January 2015 to June 2015. Prior to Hudson Americas, Mr. Lewis was a Consultant at Bain & Company from January 2014 to January 2015 and an Associate at Prospect Partners, LLC from August 2009 to July 2011. Mr. Lewis began his career as an investment banking analyst, and later served as an Associate, at Lincoln International. Mr. Lewis holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, which was earned between his time at Prospect Partners, LLC and Bain & Company, and a Bachelor of Science with Special Attainments in Commerce from Washington and Lee University, where he graduated cum laude. Mr. Lewis has served as a member of the board of directors of Foundation Building Materials, Inc. since April 2018, as well as a member of the board of one other privately held company.
Mr. McDonnough serves as a director of our company. Mr. McDonnough has been the Managing Partner of McDonnough Consulting LLC, a consulting firm, since May 2016. Before retiring in June 2015, Mr. McDonnough served 38 years for Ernst & Young LLP, most recently serving as the Managing Partner of the firm’s Dallas office. In his role as Managing Partner, Mr. McDonnough was responsible for leading all day-to-day practice operations in one of the firm’s largest markets. Prior to serving as Managing Partner, Mr. McDonnough was the firm’s Managing Partner of Assurance & Advisory Business Services for the southwest area practice. Mr. McDonnough has been a member of the board of directors of UDR, Inc. and ORIX USA Corporation since February 2016 and April 2016, respectively, and has served as a member of our Advisory Board since July 1, 2015. Mr. McDonnough is also active in, and serves on the boards of, several charitable and educational organizations.
Mr. McPherson serves as a director of our company and has been a member of our Board since October 2016. Mr. McPherson served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial and Strategy Officer of Vulcan Materials Company, a publicly-traded producer of construction aggregates, asphalt mix and ready-mixed concrete, from July 2014 through August 2018, and remained as Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer through December 2018. Prior to assuming those roles, Mr. McPherson served in a number of other roles for Vulcan, including Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from January 2014 to July 2014, Senior Vice President – East Region from November 2012 to December 2013 and Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development from October 2011 to November 2012. Before joining Vulcan in October 2011, Mr. McPherson worked at McKinsey & Company, Inc., a global management consulting firm, beginning in 1995, most recently serving as Senior Partner from 2006 to 2011. Mr. McPherson is a graduate of Stanford University where he earned both a B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A.
Mr. Sarrazin serves as a director of our company. Mr. Sarrazin has also been a Partner at and President of JMH Conseil, a strategy and development consulting firm, since 2015. Mr. Sarrazin has also been an Affiliate Partner at Lindsay Goldberg, a private equity fund, since 2015. Prior to 2015, Mr. Sarrazin held a number of executive positions with Lafarge SA, a French industrial company, over a period of almost 25 years, most recently serving as Group Vice President of Strategy from 2007 to 2014. Prior to Lafarge, Mr. Sarrazin was employed by Pechiney, an aluminum company, and served as a research fellow at Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. Mr. Sarrazin holds a degree in Mining Engineering from Ecole des Mines, Nancy and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.
Karl H. Watson, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Watson, Jr. has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a Class I member of our Board since July 2019. Mr. Watson has over 30 years of global experience in the construction materials industry. Mr. Watson joined Forterra after serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Summit Materials, Inc., which he joined in January 2018 and prior to that as President of the Cement & Southwest Ready Mix division at Martin Marietta, Inc. Earlier in his career, Mr. Watson held various leadership positions at CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V., and Rinker Group Ltd, which was acquired by CEMEX in 2007, most recently as President of CEMEX USA from April 2011 through December 2015. Mr. Watson is a past Chairman of the National Ready Mix Concrete Association, Florida Concrete and Products Association, and past Vice Chairman of the Portland Cement Association. He has also served on the Executive Committees of the National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association and Cement, Concrete & Aggregates Australia. Mr. Watson holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Palm Beach Atlantic University, a Master’s in Business Administration from Rice University (Jones School), and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.