Board of Directors


N. Hartery*
Chairman

Appointed to the Board: June 2004

Nationality: Irish

Age: 65

Committee membership: Acquisitions Committee; Finance Committee; Nomination & Corporate Governance Committee

Skills and experience: Nicky was Vice President of Manufacturing and Business Operations for Dell Inc.’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) operations from 2000 to 2008. Prior to joining Dell, he was Executive Vice President at Eastman Kodak and previously held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer at Verbatim Corporation, based in the United States.
Qualifications: C.Eng, FIEI, MBA.

External appointments: Non-listed: Chief Executive of Prodigium, a consulting company which provides business advisory services; non-executive Director of Musgrave Group plc, a privately-owned international food retailer. Listed: Non-executive Director of Finning International, Inc., the world’s largest Caterpillar equipment dealer.


M.S. Towe
Chairman, CRH Americas

Appointed to the Board: July 2008

Nationality: United States

Age: 66

Skills and experience: Mark joined CRH in 1997 and was appointed a CRH Board Director with effect from July 2008. In 2000, he was appointed President of Oldcastle Materials, Inc. and became the Chief Executive Officer of this Division in 2006. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Oldcastle, Inc. (the holding company for CRH’s operations in the Americas) in July 2008 and, with effect from January 2016, assumed the role of Chairman, CRH Americas. With over 40 years’ of experience in the building materials industry, he has overall responsibility for the Group’s aggregates, asphalt and readymixed concrete operations in the United States and its products and distribution businesses in the Americas.


P.J. Kennedy*

Appointed to the Board: January 2015

Nationality: Irish

Age: 62

Committee membership: Acquisitions Committee; Nomination & Corporate Governance Committee; Remuneration Committee

Skills and experience: Pat was Chairman of the Executive Board of Directors of SHV Holdings (SHV), a large family-owned Dutch multinational company with a diverse portfolio of businesses, including the production and distribution of energy, the provision of industrial services, heavy lifting and transport solutions, cash and carry wholesale and the provision of private equity. He retired from SHV mid-2014. During a 32 year career with SHV, he held various leadership roles across SHV’s diverse portfolio of businesses, while living in various parts of the world, and was a member of the Executive Board of SHV from 2001, before becoming Executive Chairman in 2006.
Qualifications: MBS, BComm.

External appointments:Non-listed: Member of the Board of Liquigas S.p.A., a LPG distribution company. Listed: Not applicable.


D.A. McGovern, Jr.*

Appointed to the Board: July 2013

Nationality: United States

Age: 65

Committee membership: Nomination & Corporate Governance Committee; Remuneration Committee.

Skills and experience: Don retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in June 2013, following a 39 year career with the firm. During that time he was Vice Chairman, Global Assurance at PwC, a position he had held since July 2008 and directed the US firm’s services for a number of large public company clients. He also held various leadership roles in PwC and was, from July 2001 to June 2008, a member of, and past lead Director for, the Board of Partners and Principals of the US firm as well as a member of PwC’s Global Board.
Qualifications: CPA; MBA.

External appointments: Non-listed: Director of Neuraltus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and eAsic Corporation. Listed: Not applicable.

Don McGovern is Senior Independent Director


L.J. Riches*

Appointed to the Board: March 2015

Nationality: British

Age: 54

Committee membership: Nomination & Corporate Governance Committee; Remuneration Committee

Skills and experience: Lucinda spent the majority of her career in investment banking, including 21 years in UBS Investment Bank and its predecessor firms where she worked until 2007. She held senior management positions in the UK and the US, including Global Head and Chairman of UBS’s Equity Capital Markets Group and Vice Chairman of the Investment Banking Division.
Qualifications: Masters in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and a Masters in Political Science.

External appointments:Non-listed: Non-executive Director of UK Financial Investments Limited, which manages the UK government’s investments in financial institutions, and the British Standards Institution. Lucinda is also a trustee of Sue Ryder. Listed: Non-executive Director of Diverse Income Trust plc and Graphite Enterprise Trust plc.


H.Th. Rottinghuis*

Appointed to the Board: February 2014

Nationality: Dutch

Age: 60

Committee membership: Acquisitions Committee; Audit Committee

Skills and experience: Henk has a background in distribution, wholesale and logistics. Until 2010, he was Chief Executive Officer at Pon Holdings B.V., a large, privately held international company which is focused on the supply and distribution of passenger cars and trucks, and equipment for the construction and marine sectors. He was also a member of the Supervisory Board of the Royal Bank of Scotland N.V. and the retail group Detailresult Groep.
Qualifications: Masters degree in Dutch Law; PMD Harvard Business School (1989).

External appointments:Non-listed: Member of the Supervisory Boards of Stork Technical Services Group and Blokker Holding B.V. and holder of several non-profit board memberships. Listed: Not applicable.


A. Manifold
Chief Executive

Appointed to the Board: January 2009

Nationality: Irish

Age: 53

Committee membership: Acquisitions Committee

Skills and experience: Albert was appointed a CRH Board Director in January 2009. He joined CRH in 1998. Prior to joining CRH, he was Chief Operating Officer with a private equity group. While at CRH, he has held a variety of senior positions, including Finance Director of the Europe Materials Division (now part of Europe Heavyside), Group Development Director and Managing Director of Europe Materials. He became Chief Operating Officer in January 2009 and was appointed Group Chief Executive with effect from 1 January 2014.
Qualifications: FCPA, MBA, MBS


S. Murphy
Group Finance Director

Appointed to the Board: January 2016

Nationality: Irish

Age: 47

Skills and experience: Senan has over 25 years’ experience in international business across financial services, banking and renewable energy. He joined CRH from Bank of Ireland Group plc where he was the Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Group’s Executive Committee. He previously held positions as Chief Operating Officer and Finance Director at Ulster Bank, Chief Financial Officer at Airtricity and numerous senior financial roles in GE, both in Ireland and the United States.
Qualifications: B.Comm, FCA.

Committee membership: Acquisitions Committee; Finance Committee


M. Carton
Group Transformation Director

Appointed to the Board: May 2010

Nationality: Irish

Age: 57

Committee membership: Acquisitions Committee; Finance Committee

Skills and experience: Since joining CRH in 1988, Maeve has held a number of roles in the Group Finance area and was appointed Group Controller in 2001, Head of Group Finance in January 2009 and to the position of Finance Director in May 2010. She was appointed as Group Transformation Director with effect from January 2016. Maeve has broad-ranging experience of CRH’s reporting, control, budgetary and capital expenditure processes and has been extensively involved in CRH’s evaluation of acquisitions. Prior to joining CRH, she worked for a number of years as a chartered accountant in an international accountancy practice.
Qualifications: MA, FCA.

External Appointments: Non-listed: Agency Member of the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), a state body that provides asset and liability management services to the Irish Government. Listed: SAMSE S.A.


E.J. Bärtschi*

Appointed to the Board: October 2011

Nationality: Swiss

Age: 64

Committee membership: Audit Committee (Financial expert); Finance Committee

Skills and experience: Ernst was Chief Executive of Sika AG, a manufacturer of speciality chemicals for construction and general industry, until 31 December 2011. Prior to joining Sika, he worked for the Schindler Group and was Chief Finance Officer between 1997 and 2001. Over the course of his career he has gained extensive experience in India, China and the Far East generally.
Qualifications: LIC.OEC.HSG

External appointments: Non-listed: Member of the Advisory Board of China Renaissance Capital Investment Inc., a private equity investment company in Hong Kong, China. Listed: Chairman of the Board of Directors of Conzetta AG, a broadly diversified Swiss company and a member of the Board of Bucher Industries AG, a mechanical and vehicle engineering company based in Switzerland.


H.A. McSharry*

Appointed to the Board: February 2012

Nationality: Irish

Age: 54

Committee membership: Audit Committee; Remuneration Committee

Skills and experience:Heather Ann is a former Managing Director Ireland of Reckitt Benckiser and Boots Healthcare and was previously a non-executive Director of Bank of Ireland plc and IDA Ireland.
Qualifications: BComm, MBS.

External appointments: Non-listed: Chairman of the Bank of Ireland Pension Fund Trustees Board; Director of Ergonomics Solutions International and the Institute of Directors. Listed: Non-executive Director of Greencore Group plc and Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc.


Gillian L. Platt*

Appointed to the Board: 1 January 2017

Nationality: Canadian

Age: 62

Committee membership: Not applicable

Skills and experience: During the course of her executive career, Gillian has held a number of senior leadership positions in a variety of industries, geographies and roles including human resources, corporate affairs and strategy. Most recently she had global responsibility for human resources and communication at Finning International, Inc. (the world’s largest Caterpillar dealer). She previously held senior executive roles at Aviva, the multinational insurance company.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Education from the University of Toronto.

External Appointments: Listed: non-executive Director of Interfor Corporation, a Canadian listed company, which is one of the world’s largest providers of lumber.


W.J. Teuber, Jr.*

Appointed to the Board: 3 March 2016

Nationality: United States

Age: 64

Committee membership: Audit Committee (Financial Expert); Finance Committee

Skills and experience: Bill is the Vice Chairman at EMC Corporation, a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. In previous roles he was responsible for EMC’s global sales and distribution organisation (2006 - 2012) and served as Chief Financial Officer leading the company’s worldwide finance operation (1996 - 2006). Prior to joining EMC he was a partner in the audit and financial advisory services practice of Coopers & Lybrand LLP.
Qualifications: MBA degree from Babson College, a Masters of Science in Taxation from Bentley College and a Bachelors degree from Holy Cross.

External appointments:Non-listed: Director of Pivotal Software, Inc. and College of the Holy Cross. Listed: Member of the Board of Directors of Popular, Inc., a diversified financial services company, and Inovalon Holdings, Inc., a healthcare technology company.


Appointed to the Board: June 2009

Nationality: Irish

Age: 64

Committee membership: Acquisitions Committee; Finance Committee

Skills and experience: John is past Chairman of Wellstream Holdings plc. In a 40 year career, he has served as Executive Vice President of Halliburton Company, President of Dresser Enterprises and Chief Operations Officer of Brown and Root Services. He is a past director of the UK Atomic Energy Authority and Integra Group.
Qualifications: M.Sc, BE, C.Eng, FIEE.

External appointments: Non-executive Chairman of Lamprell plc; director of Maxwell Drummond International Limited and BiFold Group Limited.


Appointed to the Board: June 2006

Nationality: Irish

Age: 55

Committee membership: Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee, Remuneration Committee

Skills and experience: Dan is a former President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Consumer Finance - Europe and a former Senior Vice-President of GE. He was Executive Chairman of Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. until October 2010.
Qualifications: BComm, FCA.

External appointments: Director of Glanbia plc, an Irish food company and International Personal Finance plc, a consumer lending business.


* Non-executive