Rock of Ages CFO resigns

The chief financial officer of Rock of Ages Corporation will resign after the release of the Concord-based granite quarrier’s second-quarter results on Aug. 14.

The company Thursday announced the departure of Nancy Rowden Brock, who had been CFO since May 2005. Before that, she had been director of finance and administration of the Vermont Agency of Transportation.

Rowden had been instrumental in building Rock of Ages’ retail business, said company officials, however declining sales in recent years have forced the company to close or consolidate its retail offices.

“Nancy Brock has done a wonderful job as our CFO since joining us in 2005 when we were moving forward with our retail growth plan,” said Kurt Swenson, the company’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Much has changed at Rock of Ages since then. Nancy not only weathered some difficult times with us, but she was also instrumental in successfully implementing the many changes required when we decided to change course and consolidate our retail operations.”

Rowden will join the advisory board of Worth Mountain Capital Partners upon her resignation.

Laura Plude, director of finance for Rock of Ages, will assume the position of CFO after the quarterly filings, the company said. She has served as director of finance for the company since August 2004 and has been responsible for all financial systems and financial reporting of the company since that time. — CINDY KIBBE

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