Boss at brickmaking giant to step down

Stephen Harrison

The CEO of Leicestershire brickmaker Forterra is to leave the company after a decade in the role, it was revealed this morning (May 24).

Stephen Harrison will remain with the company until the first half of 2023 allowing time both to commission the new Desford brick factory and support an orderly transition. The board has started a search for his successor.

Justin Atkinson, chairman, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Stephen since the IPO of the business and I would like to thank him both personally and on behalf of the Board for his significant contribution to Forterra during that time. He will leave the business with a clear strategy, a strong balance sheet and an experienced management team. My colleagues and I wish him all the best for the future”

Harrison said: “After ten years in my current role, now is the right time for a change. I am proud to have led the Company on its journey from non-core asset of a large corporation, through private equity ownership and IPO to be the successful independent business that Forterra is today. Forterra’s strategy is clear and well-advanced, benefiting from strong cash generation to deliver a compelling organic investment pipeline. I wish everyone at Forterra every future success and look forward to working with the board to ensure a smooth transition to my successor.

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