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Alcoa board elects new President and CEO

  • Written by Staff Reporter
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USA - Alcoa's Board of Directors has elected Klaus Kleinfeld President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He succeeds Alain Belda as CEO. Mr. Belda will continue as Chairman of the Board.

Commenting on the announcement, Belda said that Kleinfeld would be able to lead the company forward and capture the growth opportunities ahead with his in-depth understanding of global issues.

"In the short amount of time Klaus Kleinfeld has been an Alcoan, he has made a significant difference for the company,” said Belda. “Our election of him to the position of CEO reflects our confidence in him as a truly global leader, capable of continuing to capture the growth opportunities ahead.

“Klaus has extraordinary energy, a keen understanding of global issues, is committed to continuing the strong operating performance of Alcoa, and embraces our Values. We are fortunate to have his leadership.”

Kleinfeld, 50, was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Alcoa in August 2007. He has served as a director of Alcoa since 2003. The change is effective immediately.

Prior to joining Alcoa, Kleinfeld served most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens AG, a global electronics and industrial conglomerate. In just two years as President and President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens AG, Kleinfeld presided over a dramatic transformation of the global electronics and industrial conglomerate. He reshaped the company’s portfolio around three high growth areas, revenues increased by more than US$16 billion in 2006 alone, operating groups met ambitious profitability targets, and the company’s market capitalization almost doubled.

Prior to his service on the Managing Board of Siemens AG, Kleinfeld was President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Corporation, the U.S. division of the company. During his tenure, the United States grew in both size and profitability, becoming the company’s largest region. During his 20-year Siemens career, Kleinfeld also successfully led one of Siemens global medical diagnostic businesses and developed the renowned Siemens Management Consulting organization. He was also critical to the creation of top+, the company’s operating system.

Kleinfeld earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration/Economics from the University of Goettingen (Germany) in 1982. He received his Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Wuerzburg (Germany.)

Kleinfeld is a Member of the Board of Bayer AG. He also is a director of a number of international and industry groups.

Sonoco’s Global Consumer Packaging division welcomes new personnel

  • Written by Sonoco - Press release
  • Category: Appointments

USA - Global packaging company Sonoco has announced management promotions in its Global Consumer Packaging operations.

Rodger D. Fuller, 46, has been named vice president, Global Rigid Paper and Closures, and will have responsibility for Sonoco’s global rigid paper, ends and closures, and certain rigid plastic container operations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. The promotion is effective immediately.

Fuller will continue to report directly to Charles Sullivan, executive vice president, Global Consumer Packaging and Packaging Services, who commented, “Rodger has extensive operating experience with our global consumer packaging businesses and has led the development of significant advancements that have grown sales of composite cans, and other rigid paper and plastic containers in North America.

“In this new position, he is being tasked with further growing Sonoco’s leading rigid paper container capabilities in North America and Europe while developing new opportunities in emerging markets in South America and Asia.”

Prior to this promotion, Fuller was vice president, Rigid Paper and Plastics—North America, Sonoco’s largest consumer packaging business. He joined Sonoco in 1985 and has held a number of positions, including division vice president, Consumer Products—Europe; president, Sonoco Limited, Canada; and manufacturing manager, Consumer Products—North America.

R. Howard Coker, 45, has been named division vice president and general manager, Rigid Paper and Closures—North America, reporting to Fuller. In this position, Coker will have responsibility for Sonoco’s rigid paper container, and metal and peelable membrane convenience closure operations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Howard’s broad experience in sales, marketing and operations to step in and further enhance our North American rigid paper container and closures businesses,” said Fuller.

Prior to his most recent assignment, Coker was division vice president and general manger, Sonoco Phoenix, the Company’s ends and closures unit. Coker joined Sonoco in 1985 and previously served as director of sales, Rigid Paper and Plastics—North America, and general manager-Asia/Pacific, Rigid Paper and Plastics division.

About Sonoco
Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a US$4.0 billion global manufacturer of industrial and consumer products and provider of packaging services, with more than 300 operations in 35 countries, serving customers in some 85 nations.

Flint Group appoints president, Asia Pacific

  • Written by Trina Tan
  • Category: Appointments

AP - Flint Group has appointed a new President for its Asia Pacific operations, who will also be in the company’s executive management team.

Jim Mahony has been named President Asia-Pacific and will become a member of Flint Group’s Executive Management Team. Effective 1 March 2008, he will report to Charles Knott, CEO Flint Group.

With over 40 years of industry experience, Mahony has held leadership roles with Flint Ink for seven years from 1997 to 2004. Mahony joined Flint Ink via the acquisition of Manders PLC where, as Group COO, he spent significant time developing the Company’s presence in the Australian and New Zealand markets. He went on to become President, Flint Ink Europe and Chairman of Incowax India.

Following the merger of Flint Ink Europe with Gebr. Schmidt in 2002, he became the President and CEO of Flint-Schmidt. Mahony’s most recent position was as advisor to the Micro Group as President and CEO of their North American business. There, he assisted with the integration of business following Micro’s acquisition by Huber Group.

Commenting on the appointment, Knott said: “Jim is a hugely experienced individual, who combines an in-depth understanding of the Asian-Pacific markets with outstanding leadership skills. As we look to strengthen our capabilities in this important region of the world, Jim's strategic insight, his personal experience and his professional expertise make him ideally suited to this role."

Mahony added: “I am extremely pleased to be joining Flint Group - a very fine company. I am excited by the challenge the new position offers and am looking forward to working with friends and colleagues old and new, and to assist the group in meeting its goals and objectives for the future.”

Flint Group provides printing inks, printing plates, image transfer products and pigments to the global printing, converting, graphic arts and colour consuming industries. Headquartered in Luxembourg, the company operates more than 170 facilities worldwide and employs nearly 8 300 people.{module Related Articles|xhtml}

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