Leadership Team

Simon Bates

President and Chief Executive Officer

Simon Bates is GCP’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining GCP, Simon was President of Oldcastle Infrastructure, a division of CRH plc. Oldcastle Infrastructure is a global business with more than 90 locations in Asia, Europe and North America. Simon has 25 years of building products and specialty chemicals experience with publicly traded companies, including roles as Senior Vice President for Building Products at Westlake Chemical and Axiall Corporation. Simon began his building products career in Europe joining Hanson plc in 1996. He held a variety of commercial roles before transferring to North America in 2002, where he had both commercial and operational roles before leading Hanson’s building products businesses in the western United States. Hanson was subsequently acquired by Heidelberg Cement in 2007.

Simon received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of York in England. He also holds post graduate qualifications in Finance & Accounting and Marketing.

Craig Merrill

Chief Financial Officer

Craig Merrill is GCP’s Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Finance, Analytics and Strategy. Prior to becoming GCP’s CFO, Craig served as GCP’s Vice President, Global Marketing and Vice President & General Manager, Global Cement and Emerging Markets following the Company’s separation from W.R. Grace & Co. in 2016. 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 GCP. Craig began his career at W.R. Grace & Co. in 1990. He has 30 years of experience in the global building products and specialty chemicals industries.

Craig received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.

Carolyn James

Interim Chief Human Resources Officer

Carolyn James is GCP’s Interim Chief Human Resources Officer.

Carolyn previously held the position of Vice President of HR for CONMED corporation, a medical device company, where she was responsible for the Orthopedics Division, Cardiology and Critical Care Division and Corporate Functions group. Prior to CONMED, Carolyn held the position of Group Vice President of HR for two divisions of EnPro Industries, GGB Bearing Technology and Compressor Products International. Carolyn assisted the organization in global reorganization and building a culture enabling employees to reach their full potential.

Graduating from Rowan University, Carolyn earned her BS degree in business.

Michael W. Valente

Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Michael W. Valente leads GCP’s global legal team and oversees all aspects of legal strategy, corporate governance, compliance, commercial transactions, intellectual property, and government relations.

Michael previously held the role of Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Versum Materials, Inc., a supplier of specialty chemicals, gases and equipment to the semiconductor industry. During his time at Versum, he completed its spin-off from Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. while setting the vision and leading the global legal, human resources and communications departments. Prior to Versum, Michael was Vice President and General Counsel of Rockwood Holdings, Inc., a leading supplier of specialty chemicals and advanced materials.

Michael earned his B.S. degree in accounting from Rider University, and Master and Doctorate degree from Seton Hall, and brings exceptional business expertise to GCP.  

Boudewijn Van Lent, PhD

Executive Vice President, Global Head of Specialty Construction Chemicals

Boudewijn Van Lent leads GCP's Specialty Construction Chemicals segment.

Prior to joining GCP, Boudewijn served as Chief Executive Officer at Bilfinger Industrial Services Inc., an industrial services provider. He also held the role of President of North and South America at Rhein Chemie Corporation, a global manufacturer of specialty chemicals, as well as leadership positions at Celerant Consulting, Lanxess Corporation and Bayer.

Boudewijn received a Master of Science Degree in Molecular Science along with a PhD in Physical and Colloid Chemistry from the University of Wageningen.