Aleris Announces Leadership Changes
CLEVELAND, Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Aleris announced today that it is restructuring the leadership of its Global Recycling business and K. Alan Dick, executive vice president and chief executive officer of Global Recycling, is leaving the company. Moving forward, the company’s recycling business will be led by Terrence J. Hogan, senior vice president and general manager of Recycling and Specification Alloys Americas and Russell Barr, vice president and general manager of Recycling Europe. Both leaders will now report directly to Steve Demetriou, Aleris chairman and chief executive officer.
“Given the dynamics of the recycling business, we believe this regional leadership structure is more effective for this business segment,” Demetriou said. “As the largest merchant aluminum recycler and supplier of specification alloys in the United States and Europe, Aleris Recycling continues to be a strategically important part of our business, and we are confident that these changes will only enhance our ability to meet customer needs.”
Alan Dick has been with the company for 14 years, and was a key contributor in the merger of Commonwealth Industries and IMCO Recycling, which created Aleris in 2004. Prior to leading the Global Recycling business, Dick served as executive vice president and president for Rolled Products North America. He previously served as senior vice president of Global Metals Procurement and vice president of Metals Sourcing. Dick also held various leadership roles with Commonwealth Industries prior to the formation of Aleris.
“Alan has played a significant role in the success of Aleris, helping us build a solid foundation for future growth,” Demetriou said. “I will miss having him on my leadership team, and wish him all the best for future success.”
Hogan, who has more than 30 years of experience in the industry, has been with Aleris in his current position since 2006, following the company’s acquisition of Alumitech, of which Hogan was president. Barr most recently served as vice president and general manager of the company’s Extrusions business. Prior to that, Barr served as director of Non-Metals Purchasing Europe. With Barr’s appointment, Mike Keown has been named vice president and general manager of Extrusions. Keown, who has been with Aleris for 15 years, previously served as vice president of Supply Chain for Aleris Global Rolled and Extruded Products, and before that held positions of increasing responsibility in finance, metal procurement and supply chain.
“Terry, Russell, and Mike each have deep industry expertise and a strong track record with Aleris,” said Demetriou. “I am confident that under their leadership we will see both the Recycling and the Extrusions businesses thrive.”
Aleris is focused on realizing the significant potential of aluminum for our customers and our world. A global leader in aluminum rolled and extruded products, aluminum recycling and specification alloy manufacturing, Aleris products are used by manufacturers in almost every industry. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, the company has approximately 7,300 employees and operates more than 41 production facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.aleris.com.
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