Aleris Announces Leadership Changes

2014-10-29 15:00 1915

CLEVELAND, Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Aleris announced today that Roeland Baan, who currently leads the company's businesses in Europe and Asia Pacific, will become executive vice president, CEO of Asia Pacific to help accelerate the ramp-up of the company's aluminum plate mill in Zhenjiang, China and determine the next phase of investment for that business. Ingrid Jorg, senior vice president and general manager of Rolled Products Europe, has been promoted to executive vice president and CEO of Rolled Products Europe. Both will report directly to Chairman and CEO Steve Demetriou.

"As we transition Aleris to become a pure aluminum rolled products company, we are implementing leadership changes that will enhance our ability to drive growth across all of our business units," Steve Demetriou, Aleris chairman and CEO said. "Roeland and Ingrid are talented executives who have been critical to our success in both China and Europe and I am confident that under their leadership, we can accelerate our growth in these important regions."

Earlier this month Aleris announced the planned divestiture of the Recycling and Specification Alloys businesses. The divestiture will allow the company to strengthen its focus on its global rolled products business, and position it to further capitalize on the projected growth within the key industries it serves.

The Aleris global technology and aerospace organizations along with the Extrusions business will also report directly to Baan. Jorg will continue to oversee the global automotive segment for the company.

The new roles will take effect November 1.

About Aleris
Aleris is a privately held, global leader in aluminum rolled products and extrusions, aluminum recycling and specification alloy production. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Aleris operates approximately 40 production facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit

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Source: Aleris
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