First publishedon www.AggBusiness.com
The newly-formed Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has appointed Benjamin Sporton as its chief executive. He will take up the role in early October.
Sporton joins the GCCA from the World Coal Association where he was chief executive for almost four years. As chief executive of the GCCA, Sporton will lead the association’s efforts to drive advances in sustainable construction, working to enhance the cement and concrete industry’s contribution to a variety of global social and developmental challenges.
Albert Manifold, chief executive officer of CRH and GCCA president, said: “Benjamin’s appointment is an important step in establishing the GCCA as a respected industry voice and trusted source of information on sustainable construction. His impressive background and experience in the area of industry policy and advocacy will help the association to quickly commence the important work of addressing the challenges facing the cement and concrete industry globally.”
Sporton commented: “Concrete is the most consumed man-made product on earth; its role in building today’s modern world is absolutely critical, particularly when more than one billion people are expected to move into cities by 2030. Concrete has proved durable and resilient since Roman times, but innovations in the industry are ensuring it meets the challenges of the 21st Century. I look forward to working with the industry to shape a sustainable future for cement and concrete and demonstrate how our product can help build a better world.”
A dual Australian/British national, Sporton joined the World Coal Association as its policy director in 2010 and became deputy chief executive two years later. Before his appointment as chief executive in 2014, Benjamin led the World Coal Association’s strategic and business planning and was responsible for its policy and advocacy work with a particular focus on sustainable development and climate change issues. As chief executive he has established the World Coal Association as a thought leader on energy and climate issues.
He holds an honours degree in politics from the University of Adelaide and has also studied at the University of Buenos Aires and the Australian Institute of Management.
Launched in January 2018, the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) is dedicated to developing and strengthening the sector’s contribution to sustainable construction. GCCA aims to foster innovation throughout the construction value chain in collaboration with industry associations as well as architects, engineers and innovators. In this way, the association demonstrates how concrete solutions can meet global construction challenges and sustainable development goals while showcasing responsible industrial leadership in the manufacture and use of cement and concrete. The GCCA is led by international cement companies and is headquartered in London, England. It complements and supports the work done by associations at national and regional level. GCCA’s founding members are CEMEX, CNBM, CRH, Dangote, Eurocement, HeidelbergCement, LafargeHolcim, Taiheiyo, Ultratech and Votorantim.