The Portland Cement Association elected new leadership at its Fall Board meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz. According to a recent press release, John Stull, president and CEO of Lafarge North America Inc., has been named chairman of the association, and Karl Watson, Jr., president of CEMEX USA, was named vice-chairman.

Stull takes over the chairmanship from Cary O. Cohrs, president of American Cement Company, LLC.

"Under the guidance of Mr. Cohrs, PCA has continued as the leader and voice for the cement industry," said PCA Chairman Stull. "This is an important time for PCA to champion resilient construction, and advocate for critical national infrastructure funding, both which will ensure the vitality of the cement industry."

The press release announcing Stull's appointment states, "In addition to be a long-standing member of the PCA Board of Directors, Stull also co-chaired the Manufacturing Technical Committee. In his role of Board Chairman, he will also chair both the audit and compensation committees for PCA.

"Stull first joined Lafarge in 1992 with an already strong industrial background, and spent his first nine years managing industrial operations in North America, rising to vice-president of manufacturing for all Lafarge’s U.S. operations in 2001. In 2007, Stull was promoted to regional president for Lafarge Group in Latin America and thereafter became Lafarge Group regional president for cement in Sub-Saharan Africa.

"Stull earned his baccalaureate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Akron, and is also a graduate of the executive management program at the Harvard Business School.

About PCA

"Based in Washington, D.C., with offices in Skokie, Illinois, the Portland Cement Association represents cement companies in the United States. It conducts market development, engineering, research, education, and public affairs programs. More information on PCA programs is available at"