Derek Nicholls

Derek J. Nicholls, a seasoned cement executive with over two decades of proven leadership in the industrial sector, is known for transforming operational efficiencies and driving profitability. He has carved a niche defined by innovation, efficiency, and strategic leadership with a proven track record in optimizing operational and financial performance. His pivotal role as the Senior Vice President and Technical Director at Essroc Cement Corporation was marked by a series of innovative initiatives that reduced costs and elevated operational efficiency, firmly establishing his credentials as a leader who combines technical mastery with strategic insight and business acumen. Following his decades working with multinational cement companies, Derek was President and COO of a national general industrial contracting company with turnkey capital project abilities and founded his industrial consultancy with a special focus on the cement industry and environmental sustainability. Derek is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and a certified concrete industry environmental professional who has furthered his executive management training at INSEAD, Kellogg School of Management, and the Center for Creative Leadership.