Board of Directors
Mr. Barnett spent 23 years at McKinsey & Company, Inc., an international consulting firm, leading the firm's strategy practice. He retired in 2003 from his position as director in the Dallas, Texas office. Throughout Mr. Barnett's career in management consulting, he has attained proficient knowledge in corporate governance and strategy development and implementation.
Mr. Barnett joined Eagle Materials' Board of Directors in 2003 (Centex Construction Products at that time) and currently serves as Chair of our Governance Committee. Previously, he served as a director of Papa John's International, Inc. from 2003-2009 and has been an Adjunct Professor at the Yale School of Management and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.
Michael Haack joined Eagle Materials in December 2014 as Chief Operating Officer. He was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer in August 2018 and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2019.
Previously Mr. Haack spent 17 years at Halliburton Energy Services, holding successively important operating positions, most recently as Global Operations Manager at Halliburton’s Sperry Drilling division.
Mr. Haack holds a Master of Science degree from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University, both in Industrial Engineering, and an MBA from Rice University.
Mr. Beckwitt was appointed to Eagle Materials' Board of Directors in 2014, bringing a wealth of experience in the homebuiding business to the board, along with operational and financial talents. Mr. Beckwitt is currently a member of our Audit Committee and Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.
Richard Beckwitt is currently Chief Executive Officer of Lennar Corporation, where he has worked since 2006. Prior to Lennar, Mr. Beckwitt held various officer positions at D.R. Horton, including President. Early in his career, Mr. Beckwitt worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance departments at Lehman Brothers.
Mr. Bowman is the retired Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of SourceHOV. He served as CEO of SourceHOV from 1996 until 2011. Prior to 1996, Mr. Bowman was a senior executive at First Data Corporation.
Mr. Bowman joined Eagle Materials' Board of Directors in May 2011, bringing with him broad business experience and corporate governance, finance and compensation expertise. Mr. Bowman serves as Chair of our Compensation Committee. In addition, he serves on the advisory board of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and the board of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Carter currently serves as the lead independent director of Installed Building Products, Inc., an installer of building products. She is also a director of Freeman Company, a brand experience business.
Ms. Carter has previously served as the executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary of several public companies, including RealPage, Inc., a global provider of software and data analytics to the real estate industry.
Ms. Carter was appointed to the Eagle Materials Board of Directors in October 2017, and currently is a member of our Compensation Committee and our Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.
Mr. Damiris was appointed to Eagle Materials' Board of Directors in 2016 and is currently a member of our Compensation Committee. Mr. Damiris retired in December 2019 as Chief Executive Officer and President of HollyFrontier Corporation, a position he had held since January 2016. He previously served as HollyFrontier’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from September 2014 to January 2016 and as Senior Vice President, Supply and Marketing from January 2008 until September 2014. Mr. Damiris joined HollyFrontier in 2007 as Vice President, Corporate Development after an 18-year career with Koch Industries, where he was responsible for managing various refining, chemical, trading, and financial businesses.
Mr. Ellen retired as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc., in July 2018, having served in that capacity since 2010. Prior to his work with Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Mr. Ellen served for almost eight years as the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President - Finance of Snap-on Inc. Mr. Ellen began his career with the international accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago.
Mr. Ellen was appointed to the Eagle Materials' Board of Directors in June 2013, and currently serves as Chair of our Audit Committee. With more than 25 years of broad experience, Mr. Ellen brings with him an exceptional management, finance and audit background.
Mr. Ellen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Illinois and a Master’s in Business Administration from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where he currently serves on the alumni advisory board. In addition, he is a certified public accountant.
Mr. Nicolais was Chief Executive Officer of Highlander Partners, L.P. from 2004 - 2019. He served as a partner in the private investment firm of Olivhan Investments, L.P., followed by being named managing director at Stephens, Inc. Previously, Mr. Nicolais spent 14 years in the Investment Banking division of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation, most recently as Managing Director and Co-Head of the firm's Dallas, Texas office.
Mr. Nicolais joined Eagle Materials' Board of Directors in 2001, (Centex Construction Products at that time) bringing a wealth of knowledge pertaining to capital markets, financial analysis and financial oversight. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board and is a member of our Compensation Committee.
David Powers has more than 35 years of experience in the building materials industry. He joined Eagle in 2002 as American Gypsum’s Executive Vice President - Marketing, Sales and Distribution and was promoted in 2005 to President of American Gypsum. In April 2016, Mr. Powers was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Eagle. He retired as Chief Executive Officer in July 2019.
Mr. Powers began his career in the construction products and materials industry in 1972, at USG Corporation where he served in various positions at the corporate and subsidiary levels.
Mr. Powers received a B.A. in business administration from California State University, Fullerton.
Mary Ricciardello has been a director of Devon Energy since 2007. She currently serves as Devon’s Audit Committee chairperson and member of the Governance Committee. Ms. Ricciardello is also a director of Noble Corporation, serving as Audit Committee chairperson. Prior to her board service, Ms. Ricciardello enjoyed a distinguished career at Reliant Energy, where she served in key roles, including that of Chief Accounting Officer.
Ms. Ricciardello joined Eagle Materials’ Board of Directors in April 2020 and currently serves on our Audit Committee.
Mr. Stewart's career in the manufacturing industry begin in 1972 at Stewart & Stevenson Services, Inc., a gas turbine business, where he served in various roles including, Group President and Director on the company's board. In 1998, General Electric Company acquired Stewart & Stevenson. At that time, Mr. Stewart assumed his dual role as President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Aero Energy, a division of GE Power Systems, and as an officer of General Electric Company, where he served until retiring in 2006.
With his proven leadership and business, corporate governance and compensation capabilities, Mr. Stewart joined Eagle Materials' Board of Directors in 2006 and served as Chairman of the Board from 2017 to 2019. He is currently a member of our Audit Committee. In addition, Mr. Stewart has been a director of Kirby Corporation since 2008 and a director of Lufkin Industries from 2009 until its acquisition by GE Oil & Gas in 2013. Mr. Stewart was elected to the board of Exterior Holdings, Inc. in April 2015. He previously spent three years as a director of Plug Power Inc.