Argos named Simon Bates as the new CEO of its United States division, effective Nov. 1. He succeeds Bill Wagner, who is retiring at the end of the month.
Bates comes to Argos USA with 33 years of experience, the majority focused on the building materials industry. He most recently held the position of president and CEO of GCP Applied Technologies, where he executed a successful transformation of the business to increase its profitability and value and, subsequently, led its sale to Saint-Gobain.
“His deep knowledge of the sector, together with his leadership skills and the shared vision he has with the higher purpose of Argos, to promote housing and infrastructure projects that enable more sustainable, prosperous and inclusive societies, make him the ideal candidate to lead the business in the United States,” Argos said.
Bates has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of York. He also holds postgraduate degrees in finance and accounting form the University of Manchester and marketing from the University of Salford.