Ash Grove Cement announced that J. Randall Vance, president and chief operating officer, has been promoted to president and chief executive officer. Charles Sunderland, chairman and chief executive officer and part of the fourth generation of Sunderland family members to lead the majority family-owned business, will remain chairman of the board.
“Randy has demonstrated effective leadership for Ash Grove’s largest business of portland cement and has embraced our unique, successful corporate culture,” said Sunderland. “I look forward to Randy’s leadership now extending to the entire family of Ash Grove companies.”
Ash Grove Cement has eight cement plants, as well as extensive ready-mix, sand and gravel, quarry and packaging operations throughout the Midwest, South and West. Ash Grove Cement recently acquired the assets of Central Mortar & Grout in Muskogee, Okla., and Haskell Sand in Haskell, Okla. The company will also open a new packaging plant in Oklahoma City this fall.
“I’m honored to be entrusted with this responsibility. This year, Ash Grove celebrates 135 years in business. My goal is to continue our long-term focus on being the supplier of choice for quality cement and related construction materials,” said Vance. “I am thankful for our team of talented, hard-working employees who make our organization so successful and look forward to new opportunities for growth in the future.”
Vance joined Ash Grove in 2011 as chief financial officer and senior vice president of administration and was promoted to president and chief operating officer in 2014. Before joining Ash Grove, he worked in a variety of roles at Hostess Brands, Interstate Bakeries, Farmland Industries and Commerce Bank.
Vance’s appointment is effective immediately and he will continue to report to Sunderland.