WASHINGTON (Dec. 5, 2023) — Portland Cement Association (PCA), which represents America’s cement manufacturers, announced new leadership for its board of directors after holding elections at its last meeting of 2023.

Massimo Toso has been elected PCA board chairman. Toso is the current president and CEO at Buzzi Unicem USA and has served the last year as vice chair to former Chairman Filiberto Ruiz.

Monica Manolas is PCA’s new vice chair and the first woman in the 21st century to be elected to the position. Manolas currently serves as president of Ash Grove East.

Jorge Wagner, CEO of Votorantim Cimentos North America was elected to the PCA board of directors.

In October 2021, PCA’s board of directors set forth the industry’s Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality, which is an overall strategy for the cement, concrete and construction industries to collaborate in initiatives to cut carbon emissions and reach neutrality by the year 2050 if not sooner. To pursue this goal, PCA also works with policymakers and federal agencies to arrive at ambitious yet feasible regulations that help advance efforts outlined in the Roadmap.

“As I assume the role of chair in this pivotal moment, let our leadership unite in a shared commitment,” said Chair Toso. “Together, as the cement industry, we must confirm our goal to be part of the carbon reduction program defined by the PCA Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality and be sure that cement and concrete will remain the most resilient and sustainable construction materials in the market.”

Vice Chair Manolas said, “With the PCA zero-carbon Roadmap as a guide, and the exciting opportunities in this golden age of construction, I am both honored and excited to be elected as the first woman vice chair of PCA in the 21st century. I am committed to helping our communities build a more resilient world with a strong and sustainable cement and concrete industry.”

The Portland Cement Association (PCA), founded in 1916, is a  policy, research, education, and market intelligence organization serving America’s cement manufacturers. PCA supports sustainability, innovation and safety while fostering continuous improvement in cement manufacturing, distribution, infrastructure and economic growth. Visit cement.org.