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Ash Grove appoints new CEO

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Ash Grove Cement Co., a family-owned cement producer based in Overland Park, Kansas, US, has announced a changing of the guard at the top of the company.

Last month, the 135 year old company announced the promotion of J. Randall Vance to the positions of President and CEO, assuming these responsibilities from Charles Sunderland, who is part of the fourth generation of Sunderland family members to lead the company. Sunderland will remain Chairman of the Board.

“Randy has demonstrated effective leadership for Ash Grove’s largest business of Portland cement and has embraced out unique, successful corporate culture,” said Sunderland. “ I look forward to Randy’s leadership now extending to the entire family of Ash Grove companies.”

Vance joined Ash Grove in 2011 as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Administration. He was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer in 2014. Before joining the company, he had a variety of roles at Hostess Brands, Interstate Bakeries, Farmland Industries, and Commerce Bank.

The largest American-owned cement company, Ash Grove operates eight cement plants, as well as ready-mixed concrete, sand and gravel, and quarry and packaging operations throughout the Midwest, South, and West of the US. In 2016, it shipped 8.2 million t of cement from its plants.

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