Board of Directors
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 homebuilding business to the board, along with operational and financial talents. Mr. Beckwitt currently serves as Chair of our Governance Committee.
Richard Beckwitt has worked at Lennar Corporation 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.
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 currently serves as Chair 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 is founder and managing partner of Roble Drive Investment Company. 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 previously served as a director of Devon Energy, Noble Corporation, and U.S. Concrete. 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 and Governance 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.
Mr. Gregorio has worked for Dow Inc. for over 35 years, most recently serving as President of Dow’s $9 billion Coatings and Performance Materials business since 2020, providing executive oversight for all Dow business in the Latin America Region since 2019, and serving as Chief Executive Officer of Dow Silicones Corporation (fka Dow Corning) from 2016 until 2020.
Mr. Gregorio joined our Board in 2021 and is currently a member of our Audit Committee and Governance Committee. Mr. Gregorio has been recognized as #1 on the Empower Top 100 Ethnic Minority Senior Business Leader Role Models list for 2020.