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.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Brown has served as Executive Vice President and CFO since September 2017. Mr. Brown joined Forterra from Oldcastle Materials, Inc. where he served as CFO from 2008 through 2017. From 2003 through 2008 Mr. Brown served as Vice President of Finance and was elevated to Senior Vice President of Finance in 2007. Mr. Brown is an industry veteran with over 25 years of experience driving growth and improvement at manufacturing and construction materials companies. Prior to Oldcastle Materials, Mr. Brown held various finance and senior management roles of increasing responsibility at Vulcan Materials Company, a producer of construction aggregates and aggregates-based construction materials, from 1996 to 2003, and at PPG Industries, a global manufacturer of paints, coatings, and specialty materials, from 1990 to 1996. Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Economics from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a Master’s of Management from Northwestern University (Kellogg) in Evanston, Illinois.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Ms. Browne has served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel since December 2017 and previously served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel from June 2016 through December 2017 and as Vice President and General Counsel from March 2015 to June 2016. From April 2007 through March 2015, Ms. Browne served first as General Counsel for Fairpay Solutions, Inc. through March 2014, and subsequently as Assistant General Counsel for Mitchell International, Inc. after Mitchell’s acquisition of Fairpay Solutions, Inc. Both Fairpay Solutions, Inc. and Mitchell International, Inc. provide health care technology services to property and casualty insurers. Prior to that, Ms. Browne was an attorney at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP and Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP. Ms. Browne holds a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A&M University. She is admitted to practice in the State of Texas.
President of Water Pipe & Products
Mr. Bhatia has served as President of U.S. Pipe since April 2019. Prior to this role, Mr. Bhatia was with the company as an Executive Vice President of Forterra helping integrate businesses across the platform. Before joining Forterra, Mr. Bhatia served as Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at Copart, Inc., a publicly-traded global provider of online auctions and vehicle remarketing services. Before joining Copart, Mr. Bhatia spent 14 years at Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm, in various roles and with numerous responsibilities, most recently serving as Partner and Managing Director from 2009 to December 2014. Mr. Bhatia holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, Finance and MIS from the University of Virginia.
President of Drainage Pipe & Products
Mr. Hunter has served as President of the Drainage Pipe & Products business since April 2019. Prior to this role, Mr. Hunter was the Chief Operating Officer of Forterra. Mr. Hunter joined Forterra from Trinity Industries, Inc. where he served most recently as Executive Vice President, Lean Manufacturing – Electrical Products. Previous roles at Trinity Industries include President, Parts & Components, LLC and Vice President and Chief Manufacturing Officer. Prior to Trinity Industries, Mr. Hunter held various senior operational roles of increasing responsibility at Crane Corporation, a diversified industrial manufacturing firm, Terex Corporation, a global manufacturer of lifting and material handling solutions, and Danaher Corporation, a global manufacturer and service provider to professional, medical and industrial customers. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hunter held roles of increasing responsibility at General Motors Corporation and later Delphi Corporation, a global automotive components manufacturer. Mr. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University, a Master’s of Business Administration, Operations and Strategic Planning from Purdue University and a Master’s in Manufacturing Management from Kettering University.