Sporton appointed chief executive of the Global Cement and Concrete Association

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) today announced the appointment of Benjamin Sporton as its Chief Executive. He will take up the role in early October.

Benjamin Sporton joins the GCCA from the World Coal Association where he has served as Chief Executive for almost four years. As Chief Executive of the newly-formed GCCA, Benjamin will lead the association’s efforts to drive advances in sustainable construction, working to enhance the cement and concrete industry’s contribution to a variety of global social and developmental challenges.

Albert Manifold, Chief Executive Officer of CRH plc and GCCA President said: “Benjamin’s appointment is an important step in establishing the GCCA as a respected industry voice and trusted source of information on sustainable construction. His impressive background and experience in the area of industry policy and advocacy will help the association to quickly commence the important work of addressing the challenges facing the cement and concrete industry globally.”

Benjamin Sporton said: “I am delighted to have been appointed Chief Executive of the Global Cement and Concrete Association. Concrete is the most consumed man-made product on earth; its role in building today’s modern world is absolutely critical, particularly when more than one billion people are expected to move into cities by 2030. Concrete has proved durable and resilient since Roman times, but innovations in the industry are ensuring it meets the challenges of the 21st Century. I look forward to working with the industry to shape a sustainable future for cement and concrete and demonstrate how our product can help build a better world.”

A dual Australian/British national, Benjamin Sporton joined the World Coal Association as its Policy Director in 2010 and became Deputy Chief Executive two years later. Before his appointment as Chief Executive in 2014, Benjamin led the World Coal Association’s strategic and business planning and was responsible for its policy and advocacy work with a particular focus on sustainable development and climate change issues. As Chief Executive he has established the World Coal Association as a thought leader on energy and climate issues.

Benjamin holds an honours degree in politics from the University of Adelaide and has also studied at the University of Buenos Aires and the Australian Institute of Management.