Aleris Announces Leadership Changes
Appoints new leaders for Europe, global aerospace, and industrial segments; elevates technology & R&D
May 13, 2015
CLEVELAND, May 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Aleris today announced leadership changes as part of its transformation into a pure-play global aluminum rolled products company that will strengthen its position as a leading supplier to key industries including aerospace, automotive, building and construction and industrial products. These changes follow the company's recent divestitures of its recycling and specification alloys and the extrusions businesses.
The company will continue to be organized in three regions, North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Sean Stack, executive vice president and CEO, Aleris North America, will continue to lead the company's North America business, which includes leading the successful completion of the company's $350 million automotive expansion project in Lewisport, Kentucky. Roeland Baan has been appointed executive vice president and CEO, Aleris Europe. Baan, who most recently served as executive vice president and CEO, Aleris Asia Pacific, will now be responsible for the company's operations and commercial organization in Europe as well as the company's global aerospace and automotive segments. John Zhu, senior vice president and president, Aleris Asia Pacific, will now lead all operations and commercial activities for the company's world-class aerospace plate mill in Zhenjiang, China. Stack, Baan, and Zhu will all report directly to Aleris Chairman and CEO Steve Demetriou.
The company also announced the promotion of Aleris Chief Technology Officer, Philippe Meyer, to senior vice president, now also reporting to Demetriou. Meyer, who is responsible for research and development and process excellence has built the company's global technology infrastructure which will include five global innovation centers across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Meyer's promotion reflects the company's growing focus on research and development and process excellence as it sharpens its focus on delivering technologically advanced, higher value products to industries including automotive and aerospace.
In the company's commercial organization, Aleris announced the appointment of Ingo Kroepfl, vice president, global Aerospace. Ingo will replace Johan Petry, who has been appointed vice president, Europe Industrial. Kroepfl has held a number of critical technical leadership roles over the course of his career at Aleris, including his most recent assignment as managing director, Aleris Zhenjiang, where he was responsible for the successful construction and ramp-up of the Zhenjiang aerospace plate mill. Petry has held various commercial leadership positions across the Aleris product portfolio, and most recently served as vice president, Aerospace. Kroepfl and Petry will both report directly to Baan.
"As we move forward with a singular focus on strengthening and growing our global rolled products business, I am excited to announce these new assignments, all of whom are talented leaders that have been instrumental in Aleris' success to-date," Demetriou said. "I am confident that this team will help us attain a new level of excellence as we build on our industry-leading capabilities to better serve the fast-growing automotive, aerospace, and building and construction industries."
Aleris is a privately held, global leader in aluminum rolled products serving diverse industries including aerospace, automotive, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial manufacturing. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Aleris operates production facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.aleris.com.
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