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December 05, 2023

Portland Cement Association Elects 2024 Board of Directors Chair and Vice Chair

New Vice Chair Is First Woman Elected to the Position in 21st Century

December 5, 2023 – Washington, D.C. – Portland Cement Association (PCA), which represents America’s cement manufacturers, is proud to announce new leadership for its Board of Directors after holding elections today at its last meeting of 2023. 
Massimo Toso

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.
monica manolas

Also today, Jorge Wagner, CEO of Votorantim Cimentos North America, was elected to the PCA Board of Directors. 

In October 2021, the PCA 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 cement industry has been laser-focused on sustainability, and although our association membership consists of competitors, it is unified in the belief that getting to carbon neutrality should be this industry’s top objective,” said Mike Ireland, PCA President and CEO. “Massimo and Monica are exemplary industry leaders who have forward-thinking initiatives established at some of their company cement plants and are eager to implement more. They are the right people at this time to push PCA closer to its goal of a carbon neutral future.”

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The Portland Cement Association (PCA), founded in 1916, is the premier 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. For more information, visit

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