Appoints Craig A. Merrill as Interim CFO
Reaffirms Guidance for Full-Year 2019
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GCP Applied Technologies Inc. (GCP) (“GCP”), a leading global provider of construction products technologies, announced today that Dean P. Freeman, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, is leaving the Company to pursue another opportunity. Craig A. Merrill, Vice President, Finance, Analytics and Strategy, has been appointed Interim Chief Financial Officer, effective following Mr. Freeman’s resignation on October 15, 2019, and will report directly to GCP’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Randall S. Dearth, until a permanent replacement is named. GCP is conducting a comprehensive search process with the assistance of a leading executive search firm to identify a permanent CFO.
Mr. Dearth said, “Dean has been a highly valued member of GCP’s leadership team since we became a public company. On behalf of the Board of Directors and leadership team, I would like to thank Dean for his many contributions to GCP and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
Dearth continued, “We are fortunate to have a deep bench of talent at GCP, and Craig Merrill’s experience and knowledge of our business, strategy and financial processes will help ensure a smooth transition for the CFO role. Together, the GCP leadership team will continue working to improve performance across our businesses and drive enhanced value for our shareholders.”
GCP also reaffirmed its previously announced outlook for full-year 2019. The Company will provide a detailed update on its performance and outlook on its regularly scheduled investor call for the third quarter of 2019, which will be scheduled in due course.
About Craig A. Merrill
Craig Merrill currently serves as GCP’s Vice President, Finance, Analytics and Strategy. Previously, Mr. Merrill served in a variety of commercial, marketing and general management roles with P&L responsibility. Following GCP’s separation from W. R. Grace & Co. in 2016, he served as the Company’s Vice President, Global Marketing and Vice President & General Manager, Global Cement and Emerging Markets. At W. R. Grace & Co., he served as Vice President & General Manager in the Specialty Construction Chemicals division prior to the commencement of his service with the Company. Mr. Merrill has 30 years of experience in the global building products and specialty chemicals industries.
About GCP Applied Technologies
GCP Applied Technologies is a leading global provider of construction products technologies that include additives for cement and concrete, the VERIFI® in-transit concrete management system, high-performance waterproofing products, and specialty systems. GCP products have been used to build some of the world’s most renowned structures. More information is available at www.gcpat.com.
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