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 Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Finance, Analytics and Strategy. Prior to becoming GCP’s Vice President, Finance, Analytics and Strategy, 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.

Kevin Holland

Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Kevin Holland leads GCP’s global human resources organisation, overseeing all aspects of corporate and international HR functions for approximately 3,000 employees operating across six continents. He is responsible for developing our people, hiring new talent, and creating leading-edge management programmes to grow the company, as well as building GCP’s high-performance, innovative culture.

Prior to joining GCP in 2017, Kevin spent over 20 years in human resources leadership positions within large global organisations. Most recently, he held the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer for BrightStar Corporation, a $12 billion mobile technology services company. Formerly, he held positions as Chief People Officer at Chiquita Brands International and the Coors Brewing Company, as well as senior human resource roles at FedEx Kinko’s, Gateway and Abbott Laboratories.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Rhode Island. A U.S. Army veteran, he served for 5 years in the United States and Germany, achieving the rank of Captain.

James Thompson

Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

James Thompson leads GCP’s global legal team and oversees all aspects of legal strategy, corporate governance, compliance, commercial transactions, intellectual property, and government relations. Prior to joining GCP in April 2019, James was Avon Products’ Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. 

Before joining Avon, he spent nine years at Chiquita Brands International, Inc. as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Prior to that, he was Group Vice President and General Counsel to McLeodUSA. James also served as Director, International Legal to Alticor Inc., the parent company of Amway Corporation. He began his career as an attorney at Jones Day where he gained significant experience working on domestic and international antitrust and corporate law matters. 

James received his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan.

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.