SKOKIE, IL - The Portland Cement Association (PCA) Board of Directors elected Aris Papadopoulos as chairman during the association's fall board meeting in Palm Beach, Fla. Papadopoulos succeeds Enrique Escalante of GCC of America.
"In the upcoming years, it will be vital for the industry and its segments to unite under the common purpose of enhancing and projecting the social values that concrete structures and contributing materials bring to people, communities and the economy, in order to assure a stronger domestic cement manufacturing base," Papadopoulos said.
Papadopoulos is the current CEO of Titan America, the Norfolk, Va., based U.S. subsidiary of Titan Cement Group, headquartered in Athens, Greece. He joined Titan in 1992 to develop its U.S. business. In 1994, he became CEO of Titan Atlantic, which in 2000 became Titan America, following the acquisition of Tarmac America.
Prior to joining Titan, Papadopoulos held engineering and management positions in the power generation and petroleum industries.
In addition to serving as PCA's vice chairman for the past two years, Papadopoulos served as a member of the Board of Directors of the PCA and CTLGroup. He was also chair of PCA's Sustainability and Communications Committees and leads the Concrete Industry's Joint Sustainability Initiative (JSI).
Papadopoulos earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Harvard University.
The PCA Board of Directors also elected Gilberto Perez as vice chairman during the association's fall board meeting. Perez succeeds Papadopoulos.
Perez is the current president of CEMEX USA, headquartered in Houston. Perez joined CEMEX in 1988 and has held positions dealing with international sales, logistics, strategic planning and general management. He has served as president since 1998.
As president, Perez led the integration of Southdown Corporation, the largest cement producer in the United States at the time, which was purchased by CEMEX in 2000. In 2005, he directed the integration of RMC USA and in 2007, directed the integration of Rinker Materials into CEMEX USA.
Perez previously served as a member of the PCA Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Government Affairs Committee. He is also on the board of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association.
He holds a Master of Science in Management from Stanford University, and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico.