ERI names new COO

Electronics recycling firm adds former Aleris vice president to staff.

June 16, 2014
Recycling Today Staff
Electronics Personnel

Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), an electronics recycling firm headquartered in Fresno, California, has named Kelly Thomas its new chief operating officer. Thomas most recently served as senior vice president and general manager for Rolled Products North America at the aluminum company Aleris International Inc.

John Shegerian, chairman and CEO of ERI, says, “A seasoned, global business executive with roots in finance and a broad general management background focused in manufacturing, Kelly will be a fantastic asset to ERI as we continue to grow and expand revenue generation and market share.”

He adds, “Operations is such an important part of our business, it is critical that we expand our executive management team to prepare for our current growth opportunities, making Kelly an ideal fit.”

Thomas spent 15 years in the aluminum industry. Her tenure with Aleris also included roles as corporate treasurer and vice president of Metal Risk Management, with roles in Zurich and Cleveland.

 Prior to joining Aleris, Thomas held various management positions with Alcoa for 10 years, including global oversight of Alcoa’s commodities risk management function and senior commercial leadership for Alcoa Europe’s primary products division as vice president of Alcoa Materials Management Europe. 

During her career with Alcoa, Thomas gained global exposure to Alcoa’s primary metals operations, working closely with staff in China, Brazil, Australia, Europe and Russia to drive better operational and commercial performance.

In related news, Tammy Shegerian, ERI’s former COO, has been appointed chief revenue officer of the company.