Harold Wiens BS
Interim Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director
Harold Wiens was appointed Interim CEO of James Hardie in January 2022. Prior to this Harold was serving as an independent non-executive director.
Experience: Mr Wiens worked at 3M Company (3M) for thirty-eight years. He served as Executive Vice President, Industrial Business and Transportation Business from 1998 until his retirement from 3M in 2006. It is 3M’s largest and most diverse business serving many different end markets ranging from electronic to automotive and aerospace manufacturing. During this time, Mr Wiens restructured the business, leading a global implementation of Six Sigma that drove significant international growth.
Prior to holding this position, Mr Wiens served as Executive Vice President, Sumitomo 3M, 3M’s largest subsidiary, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, from 1995 to 1998 and served as Data Storage Business Leader and Vice President from 1988 to 1995 and as Memory Technologies Group Manufacturing Manager from 1983 to 1988. Mr Wiens began his career with 3M in 1968 and held many positions of increasing responsibility over his first fifteen years with 3M.
Directorships of listed companies in the past five years: Current – Director of Bio-Techne Corporation (since 2014).
Other: Resident of the United States.
Last elected: November 2020
Term expires: August 2023
Jason Miele BA
Chief Financial Officer
Jason Miele was appointed as Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) in February 2020. As CFO he oversees the Company’s overall financial activities, including accounting, tax, treasury, performance and competitor analysis, internal audit, financial operations, information systems, and investor and media relations.
Mr. Miele has over 14 years of experience with James Hardie and has served in a number of important roles during his tenure, including most recently, as Vice President – Investor and Media Relations, a position he held from February 2017. In that role, Mr. Miele had responsibility for overseeing James Hardie’s investor relations strategy and communicating James Hardie’s business strategy and its financial performance to various stakeholders including shareholders, investment analysts, and the financial media.
Prior to that, Mr. Miele served in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, in finance functions such as Treasury, Controllership and Operational Finance, including reporting to the CFO as the Global Treasurer and later the Global Controller. Mr. Miele has supported the James Hardie business during his tenure, working in multiple geographies including Dublin, Ireland, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Mission Viejo, California and Chicago, Illinois in the United States and most recently, Sydney, Australia.
Mr. Miele has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he graduated with a degree in Business Economics with an emphasis in Accounting.
Julie Katigan BA, MA
Chief Human Resources Officer
Julie Katigan joined James Hardie as Chief Human Resources Officer (“CHRO”) in May 2019. As CHRO she has responsibility for the Company’s global human resource activities, including employee engagement, leadership and talent development and human resources strategy.
Most recently, Ms. Katigan was the Senior Vice President, Human Resources for XPO Logistics’ Americas and Asia Pacific Supply Chain business unit, responsible for approximately 25,000 employees in 400 locations across the globe.
Prior to XPO Logistics, Ms. Katigan held senior human resources leadership roles in both business partnering and specialty areas such as Talent Management and Organizational Development, with well-established companies that included Colfax Corporation, Electrolux, Mead Johnson Nutrition and Ford Motor Company.
Ms. Katigan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a master’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University.
Dr. Joe Liu BS, PHD
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Joe Liu joined James Hardie as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific , in December 2021 and was appointed Chief Technology Officer in January 2022.
Before joining James Hardie, Dr. Liu concluded an impressive 26-year career with 3M Company, where he held a variety of R&D, Commercial and International Management roles of increasing responsibility over the course of his career. Early assignments in technical roles across multiple 3M product lines led to progression to Vice President R&D of 3M International Operations, Vice President & Managing Director of 3M Southeast Asia Region, to his most recent role of Senior Vice President, R&D and Commercialization of 3M Global Consumer Business Group. Joe utilizes his vast and deep experiences across R&D, Commercial and General Management to help drive the commercialization of innovative new products.
Dr. Liu has a B.S. and a Ph.D. in Thermal Energy and Power Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China as well as an additional Ph.D. in Mechanics from the University of Minnesota.
James Johnson II BA, MBA
Chief Information Officer
James Johnson II joined James Hardie as Vice President, Chief Information Officer (“CIO”) in December 2021. Mr. Johnson is responsible for all aspects of information technology and cyber security globally. James and his team will drive a focused Information Technology vision and strategy which integrates with, and helps enable, the JHX global strategic plan.
James brings over 25 years of relevant and progressive IT experience, including 15 years as CIO for businesses in a variety of industries, including chemicals and metals industries. Most recently James held the role of CIO at Carpenter Technology since 2013. Prior to joining Carpenter Technology, James held previous IT roles with Honeywell International, Performance Fibers, and Trinseo. James has a proven track record of developing effective, leading-edge technology solutions that create business value.
Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Marketing and Strategic Management from the University of Maryland.
Joe Blasko BSFS, JD
General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Company Secretary
Joe Blasko joined James Hardie as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer in June 2011 and was appointed Company Secretary in June 2020. Mr. Blasko has responsibility for the company's legal and regulatory compliance, corporate governance, enterprise risk management and government relations.
Before joining James Hardie, Mr. Blasko was Assistant General Counsel, and later, the General Counsel at Liebert Corporation, an Emerson Network Power Systems company and wholly owned subsidiary of Emerson Electric Co. In his four years with Liebert/Emerson, Mr. Blasko was responsible for establishing the legal department in Columbus, Ohio, managing and overseeing all legal matters and working closely with the executive management team. In this role, Mr. Blasko also had global responsibilities which required expertise across multiple jurisdictions.
From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Blasko was Associate General Counsel at The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, serving as the effective “general counsel” to numerous corporate divisions within the organization. From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Blasko gained considerable regulatory and litigation expertise working at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP in Ohio.
Mr. Blasko has a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, USA, with a specialty in International Relations, Law and Organizations.
Sean Gadd BEng, MBA
North America President
Sean Gadd joined James Hardie in 2004 as a Regional Engineering Manager for the Asia Pacific business, and progressed to Plant Manager for both the Carole Park and Rosehill facilities in Australia. Mr. Gadd then moved to the US in 2006 to take the role of Manufacturing Manager for Trim and various manufacturing facilities across the US.
In 2009, Mr. Gadd ran the US trim business for James Hardie with responsibility for both Manufacturing and Sales, followed by a brief assignment leading Supply Chain. In 2012, Mr. Gadd was promoted to the role of Vice President of Sales for Western USA and Canada. Over the next year, his role was expanded to include the Midwest and Northeast of the USA.
Mr. Gadd was appointed Executive General Manager in September 2013 with full responsibility for the Northern Division and in October 2015, he was appointed Executive Vice President, Markets and Segments, North America with responsibility for Strategic Marketing and Development.
In December 2018, Mr. Gadd was appointed Executive Vice President, North America Commercial with responsibility for sales, products, segments and marketing.
In January 2022, Mr. Gadd was appointed North America President, with responsibility for running the companies’ North America activities.
Mr. Gadd has a Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing Management and an executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, Australia.
Ryan Kilcullen BSc, MS
Senior Vice President, Global Operations
Ryan Kilcullen joined James Hardie in 2007 as a PcI/PdI Engineer. Since then, he has worked for the Company in various manufacturing and supply chain roles including Process Engineer, Production Manager, and Supply Chain Engineer. In 2012, he became Supply Chain Manager, ColorPlus® Business Unit, responsible for the end-to-end design and performance of our ColorPlus® product line supply chain. In 2013, he became responsible for North American Supply Chain operations, with responsibilities that included Procurement, Network Planning, Production Planning, Transportation, Distribution Management, Customer Service, and Inside Sales. In June 2015, he was appointed Vice President – Central Operations, responsible for the Company’s Supply Chain Operations and Centralized Manufacturing functions.
In November 2020, he was appointed Senior Vice President, North America Supply Chain Operations with responsibility for the company’s production planning, procurement and logistics operations.
Mr. Kilcullen has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Engineering in Logistics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Jörg Brinkmann MS, PhD
General Manager, Europe
Dr. Jörg Brinkmann joined James Hardie as General Manager, Europe in April 2018 as part of the Fermacell GmbH acquisition. In this role he is responsible for running the Company’s European activities, which are headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Before joining James Hardie, Dr. Brinkmann held several German as well as international leadership roles in Sales and Marketing at the Xella Group (the former owner of the Fermacell business) starting in 2005. In 2014 he was appointed CEO of the former Fermacell company with responsibility for the entire business. Under his leadership, the company achieved significant profitable growth.
Dr. Brinkmann holds a master's degree (“Diplom-Kaufmann”) from the University of Duisburg-Essen as well as a PhD from the University of Hohenheim, Germany.
John Arneil BBUS, MBA
General Manager, Asia Pacific
John Arneil joined James Hardie as a graduate in 2002 and has gained extensive business and leadership experience having worked across James Hardie’s European, North American and APAC businesses in a variety of commercial and operational roles.
This has included time as Country Manager UK and Ireland, Country Manager Canada, Sales and Marketing Director for Australia and most recently Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand where he was responsible for all manufacturing and market activities in this region.
This experience has given John exposure to multiple markets in different phases of business maturity and complexity enabling him to fully understand value creation from a consumer and customer perspective and how this translates end to end through Innovation, manufacturing, commercialization and supply chain. This coupled with deep industry relationships has enabled John to deliver record results for the Australian and NZ businesses YOY while running these business units.
He was appointed to General Manger, Asia Pacific in January 2022 where he is responsible for running the company’s Asia Pacific activities which are headquartered in Sydney, Australia.
Mr. Arneil has a Bachelor of Business Management from The University of Queensland in Australia and a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Leicester in the UK.
Jennifer Bressler BA
Head of Retail Business Development
Jennifer Bressler joined James Hardie in December 2020 as the Vice President, Retail Business Development with responsibility for driving strategic growth priorities within the retail channel, including expansion opportunities to drive business development within the segment across all product lines.
Mrs. Bressler has 25 years of industry experience in the Retail sector. For 22 years prior to this role, she was responsible for Merchandising; Strategy and Operations while at Home Depot, a highly competitive environment that demands continuous improvement. During the last 6 years as Vice President of Merchandising, she was responsible for leading the US Merchandising, in store and E-commerce, developing and executing the annual strategy, accelerating business investment to enhance customer experience, positioning company for growth, and creating value for shareholders.
Mrs. Bressler has a Bachelor’s Degree from Winona State University, where she graduated with a degree in Sociology with an emphasis on Psychology and Criminal Justice.
Fran Flanagan BS, MBA
Head of Consumer Marketing
Fran Flanagan joined James Hardie in 2019 with responsibility for consumer insights to ensure James Hardie understands the behaviors, needs and beliefs of its consumers enabling James Hardie to deliver innovative new products and solutions that are market-driven.
Johnny Cope BA
Senior Vice President, Builder and Contractor Business Development
Johnny Cope joined James Hardie in February 2019 as the Senior Vice President, North America Sales with responsibility for delivering the James Hardie value proposition, trusted brand and products, best-in-class supply chain and technical service framework to the company’s most valued customers. He was appointed Senior Vice President, Builder and Contractor Business Development in March 2022.
Mr. Cope has 25 years of industry experience serving Dealers, Distributors, Builders and Contractors. For the decade prior to this role, he was responsible for the Builder / Contract business for Electrolux Major Appliances North America.
For the 10 years before joining Electrolux, Mr. Cope had multiple Builder / Contractor roles in the Appliance division of the General Electric Company. During the last six years at GE, he was responsible for the Contract Appliance’s Southwest Contract Region of the United States.
Mr. Cope has a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University, where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Marketing.