Summit Materials announced the appointment of Brian J. Harris, as chief financial officer, effective Oct. 14, and Anne L. Benedict as chief legal officer, effective Oct. 1.
Harris joins Summit after serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Bausch & Lomb Holdings Inc., a leading global eye health company, since 2009. Harris previously held positions of increasing responsibility with industrial, automotive, building products and engineering manufacturing conglomerate Tomkins plc, including president of the $2 billion worldwide power transmission business for Gates Corp., and senior vice president for strategic business development and business administration, chief financial officer, and secretary of Gates Corp.
Prior to joining Summit, Benedict was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of global law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where her practice involved a wide range of corporate law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic transactions, securities offerings, securities regulation and disclosure issues, and corporate governance matters. Benedict is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology from the University of Michigan.
Summit Materials was formed in 2009 to develop a leading business in the aggregates and heavy-side building materials sector through strategic acquisitions. Summit Materials was founded by its CEO Tom Hill and a group of investors that include members of its management team, Blackstone Capital Partners V L.P., and Silverhawk Capital Partners.
Hill is the former CEO of Oldcastle Inc., the U.S. division of CRH plc. To date Summit Materials has completed more than 20 acquisitions, and through its three regions – East, Central and West – it conducts operations in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma.