Personnel changes made to strengthen business in fast-growing regions.
The aluminum rolling and recycling firm Novelis, based in Atlanta, has announced a number of senior executive moves designed to further accelerate its "One Novelis" global integration strategy.
Company executives Marco Palmieri, Tadeu Nardocci and Erwin Mayr have been appointed regional presidents for North America, South America and Europe, respectively, and Brad Soultz has been named head of global strategy and commercial activities.
In a news release, the company notes that the changes will be made to strengthen its business in fast-growing regions of the world.
"With assets on four continents and operations in 11 countries, we have been steadily growing our reputation for being a globally oriented company, focused on providing innovative, sustainable solutions to our customers," says Phil Martens, president and CEO of Novelis. "As our customer base becomes increasingly globally organized, having senior executives who understand our business around the world will ensure that we are providing our customers with a seamless experience, wherever they are."
Palmieri, who joined the company in 2011, has been named senior vice president and president, Novelis North America, effective June 1. Palmieri will have responsibility for all aspects of the company's largest region. He previously served as senior vice president and president, Novelis South America. During this time, he built an integrated management team and led a $300-million investment to expand Novelis' aluminum rolling and recycling operations to serve South America's beverage can market.
Novelis named Nardocci senior vice president and president, Novelis South America. Nardocci will lead all aspects of the company's business in South America, including the ongoing expansion of aluminum rolling and recycling operations at Novelis' plant in Pindamonhangaba, Brazil.
Nardocci was most recently senior vice president and president, Novelis Europe, where he led the revitalization of the company's business in the region, including increasing its focus on the automotive market and on closed-loop recycling agreements with automotive customers. Under his leadership, Novelis announced a $250 million investment in Nachterstedt, Germany, to build an aluminum recycling center.
Nardocci joined the company in 1978 as an engineer in Brazil. He has held positions of increasing responsibility with Novelis, including managing director of the company's operations in Malaysia; senior corporate vice president in charge of innovation, technology and strategy; and a previous assignment as senior vice president and president, Novelis South America.
In Europe, Novelis named Mayr senior vice president and president, Novelis Europe, effective immediately. As head of Novelis' second-largest region, Mayr will have responsibility for all aspects of the company's European business, including sales, operations and strategy implementation.
Mayr was previously senior vice president, chief strategy and commercial officer, with responsibility for creating the company's global strategy and overseeing all of its key customer relationships and other commercial activities. He joined Novelis in 2002 as vice president, business planning and strategy. During his tenure, he has also served as business unit president, Advanced Rolled Products, for Novelis Europe.
Soultz succeeds Mayr as vice president, chief strategy and commercial officer, effective immediately. He will be responsible for developing Novelis' global strategy and leading the global commercial organizations, with a focus on growing the company's sales and customer base.
Soultz has a multinational background, having worked in Asia, Europe and North America. Prior to Novelis, he was managing director with Cummins Inc. Since joining Novelis in 2005, he has held a number of leadership positions, most recently serving as vice president, global supply chain. He has also served as vice president, Global Specialty Products; vice president and general manager of Novelis' Automotive and Specialty Products businesses in North America; and vice president and general manager for Light-Gauge Products in North America.
"We have made considerable investments to further develop our people and strengthen our leadership capabilities over the past few years," Martens says. "As a result, we have built a world-class senior executive team that is well-prepared to accelerate Novelis' growth and execute on its global business strategy."