Board of Directors

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David Powers has more than 35 years of experience in the building materials industry. He joined Eagle Materials Inc. (formerly Centex Construction Products) in 2002 as Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing and was promoted in early 2005 to Executive Vice President, Gypsum. In April 2016, Mr. Powers was named President and Chief Executive Officer. 

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.

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 is a member of our Governance Committee and Compensation 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.

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.

Richard Beckwitt is currently President of Lennar Corporation, where he has worked for nine years. 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.

Mr. Damiris was appointed to Eagle Materials' Board of Directors in 2016. Mr. Damiris is Chief Executive Officer and President of HollyFrontier Corporation, a position he has 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 is Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President at Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc., where he has worked for three years. 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. Hirsch has served as Chairman of Highlander Partners, L.P., a Dallas-based private equity firm, since April 2004. Prior to Highlander Partners, he briefly served as interim Chief Executive Officer for Eagle Materials Inc. Previously, Mr. Hirsch spent nearly 20 years at Centex Corporation, serving as its Chief Executive officer for 16 years and Chairman of its board for 13 years.

Mr. Hirsch served on Eagle Materials' Board of Directors from 1994 - 1997 (Centex Construction Products at that time). He rejoined the board in 1999, in his current capacity as Chairman, bringing with him extensive exectuive, corporate governance and financial oversight experience and knowledge of the construction products industry. In addition, Mr. Hirsch serves as Chairman of the Center for European Policy Analysis. Previously, Mr. Hirsch served as director of Belo Corp. from 1999 - 2008, continuing as director of A.H. Belo until May 2011, and as a director of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. (Freddit Mac) from November 2009 until February 2012.

Mr. Nicolais has been President of Highlander Partners, L.P. since April 2004. From 2001 - 2004, he served as a partner in the private investment firm of Olivhan Investments, L.P., followed by being named managing director at Stephens, Inc. Previsouly, 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 is a member of the board's Compensation 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 currently is Chairman of our Governance 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.