James Hardie Industries announces executive appointments


SYDNEY & CHICAGO – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –James Hardie Industries plc (ASX: JHX; NYSE: JHX), the The world’s leading producer and distributor of high performance fiber cement and gypsum fiber construction solutions, announced the appointment of Ryan Kilcullen as Senior Vice President, Global Operations, and the appointment of John Arneil as Director General of Asia-Pacific.

Mr. Kilcullen has over 14 years of progressive experience at James Hardie in North American Supply Chain Operations, Engineering, Construction and Lean / HMOS. In this newly created role, the primary focus will be to implement the important global capacity expansion program with the direct responsibility of the global capacity construction and engineering teams. In addition, Ryan will lead the global security and supply teams, and lead the centers of excellence for HMOS, Supply Chain and Quality which will focus on the implementation of best practices in the three regions.

Mr. Arneil has over 19 years of experience with James Hardie, including the last 10 years in the Asia-Pacific sector, most recently as Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand. Prior to joining our business in Asia Pacific, John gained international experience running our business in the UK and later our business in Canada. As Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand during our transformation over the past three years, John has led these companies to record results, including a strong first half of fiscal 2022, as reported November 9, 2021; Net sales of our APAC segment in the first half of fiscal 2022 increased by 23% and Adjusted EBIT increased by 27% for an EBIT margin of 29.2%.

Commenting on Ryan’s promotion, CEO Harold Wiens said, “Ryan has been a key leader in the success of fundamental strategic initiatives that have transformed our business over the past three years. Ryan was instrumental in the implementation of the Hardie Manufacturing Operating System (HMOS) in North America and led the supply chain integration with our customers in North America. It is important to note that this newly created role places our important global capacity development agenda under the responsibility of one leader. Ryan will lead teams around the world to complete new land and contaminated site expansions in all three regions. ”

Speaking on John’s appointment, Mr Wiens said: “John’s promotion to APAC CEO was an easy decision. John has been a key leader within our APAC organization for over 10 years, including his current role as National Director for Australia and New Zealand, which account for over 80% of our APAC region’s profits. . I have no doubts that he will continue to help his team achieve great results for the entire APAC region. ”

In addition to the management appointments, the Company informs that Dr Moe Nozari has resigned as a non-executive director of the Company with immediate effect. The Board expresses its thanks to Dr Nozari for his service and considerable efforts since his appointment.

Mr. Kilcullen holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Masters of Engineering in Logistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mr. Arneil holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Queensland and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Leicester.

Forward-looking statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements and information which are necessarily subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. There are many factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements of James Hardie to differ materially from those expressed or implied in this press release, including, among others, the risks and uncertainties set out in section 3 ” Risk Factors ”from James Hardie’s Annual Report. on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021; changes in general economic, political, governmental and business conditions around the world and in the countries in which James Hardie does business; changes in interest rates; changes in inflation rates; changes in exchange rates; the level of construction in general; changes in demand and prices for cement; changes in the prices of raw materials and energy; changes in business strategy and various other factors. If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if the underlying assumptions turn out to be incorrect, actual results may differ materially from those described in this document. James Hardie assumes no obligation to update or correct any information in this press release, except as required by law.

This press release has been authorized by Mr. Jason Miele, Chief Financial Officer.

James Hardie Industries plc is a limited liability company incorporated in Ireland with its registered office at Europa House, 2nd Floor, Harcourt Center, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2, D02 WR20, Ireland


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