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Pierre Vareille - Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Vareille has been the Chief Executive Officer of Constellium since March 2012. Prior to joining Constellium, Mr. Vareille was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FCI, a world-leading manufacturer of connectors. Mr. Vareille is a graduate of the French engineering school Ecole Centrale de Paris and the Sorbonne University (economics and finance). He started his career in 1982 with Vallourec, holding various positions in manufacturing, controlling, sales and strategy before being appointed Chief Executive
Officer of several subsidiaries. From 1995 to 2000 Mr. Vareille was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GFI Aerospace (now LISI Aerospace), after which he joined Faurecia as a member of the executive committee and Chief Executive Officer of the Exhaust Systems business. In 2002, he moved to Pechiney as a member of the executive committee in charge of the aluminum conversion sector and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rhenalu. He was then named in 2004 as Group Chief Executive of Wagon Automotive, a company listed on the London Stock Exchange, where he stayed until 2008. Mr. Vareille has been a member of the Societe Bic board since 2009.
Didier Fontaine - Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Fontaine has been the Chief Financial Officer of Constellium since September 2012. Prior to joining Constellium, Mr. Fontaine was from March 2009 Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Information Technology Director of the Plastic Omnium, a world-leading automotive supplier present in 27 countries with over 20,000 employees, which is listed on Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC Mid 60.
Mr. Fontaine was also a member of the executive committee during his time at Plastic Omnium and was instrumental in orchestrating the company’s post-2008 recovery by generating a strong cash position and operating margin. In 2010, Plastic Omnium was recognized as the company with the highest share price improvement on Euronext Paris. Mr. Fontaine started his career in 1987 with Credit Lyonnais, holding various positions in Canada, France and Brazil in corporate and structured finance. From 1995 to 2001, he worked for the Schlumberger Group where he held various positions in the Treasury and Controller departments. In 2001, he joined Faurecia Exhaust System as Vice President of Finance and IT and managed the South American and South African operations up to 2004. In 2005, Mr. Fontaine joined Inergy Automotive System, a fuel tank business and a joint venture between Solvay Group and Plastic Omnium as the Chief Financial Officer and IT director (and was also a member of the company’s executive committee). Mr. Fontaine is a graduate of L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris “Sciences Po” (with a major in finance and tax) and has a master’s degree in econometrics from Lyon University.
Christophe Villemin - President, Aerospace and Transportation business unit
Mr. Villemin has been our President, Aerospace & Transportation since January 2011 and previously held the same role at Alcan Engineered Products since April 2008. Mr. Villemin also oversees our R&D and technology activities. Mr. Villemin joined Alcan in 1994 and held various management positions in different sectors in packaging and aluminum conversion in Europe and United States.
In 2002, he was appointed General Manager, Alcan Rolled Products Valais in Switzerland and in 2005, President, Alcan Engineered Aluminum Products (EP), Packaging & Automotive Rolled Products operating segment. He became Executive Sponsor, EP Innovation Cells in October 2007. Under his leadership, the business developed and launched our AIRWARE® material solution. In 2008, Mr. Villemin was distinguished as a “Young Global Leader” of the World Economic Forum.
Laurent Musy - President, Packaging and Automotive Rolled Products business unit
Mr. Musy has served as our President, Packaging & Automotive Rolled Products since January 2011 and previously held the same role at Alcan Engineered Products since April 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Musy was at Pechiney Aluminium Metal as its Continuous Improvement Champion in 1998, following nine years with Bull Japan, Saint-Gobain and McKinsey.
He has eight years’ experience in upstream aluminium activities, including as General Manager of the St. Jean de Maurienne smelter, France, Chief Executive Officer of the Tomago Aluminium joint venture in Australia, and President of Alcan Bauxite and Alumina’s Atlantic Operations. Mr. Musy led the integration of Rio Tinto and Alcan Bauxite & Alumina, based in Australia.
Paul Warton - President, Automotive Structures and Industry business unit
Mr. Warton has served as our President, Automotive Structures & Industry since January 2011, and previously held the same role at Alcan Engineered Products since November 2009. Mr. Warton joined Alcan Engineered Aluminum Products in November 2009.
Following manufacturing, sales and management positions in the automotive and construction industries, he has spent 17 years managing aluminum extrusion companies across Europe and in China. He has held the positions of President Sapa Building Systems & President Sapa North Europe Extrusions during the integration process with Alcoa soft alloy extrusions. Mr. Warton served on the Building Board of the European Aluminum Association (EAA) and was Chairman of the EAA Extruders Division. He holds an MBA from London Business School.
Peter Basten - Vice President Strategic Planning & Business Development
Mr. Basten has served as our Vice President, Strategic Planning and Business Development since January 2011, and previously held the same role at Alcan Engineered Products beginning in September 2010. Mr. Basten joined Alcan in 2005 as the Director of Strategy and Business Planning at Alcan Specialty Sheet, and became Director of Sales and Marketing in 2008, responsible for the aluminum packaging applications markets.
Prior to joining Alcan, Mr. Basten worked as a consultant at Monitor Group, a strategy consulting firm. His responsibilities ranged from developing marketing, corporate, pricing and competitive strategy to M&A and optimizing manufacturing operations. Mr. Basten holds degrees in Applied Physics (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands) and Economics & Corporate Management (ENSPM, France).
Marc Boone - Vice-President Human Resources
Mr. Boone joined Constellium in June 2011 as Vice-President, Human Resources. From 2003 through 2010, Mr. Boone served as the Human Resources Director at Uniq plc, and prior to 2003 held human resources and change management positions in industrial and service companies such as Alcatel Mietec, Johnson Controls, MasterCard, General Electric and KPMG.
Jeremy Leach - Vice President and Group General Counsel
Mr. Leach joined Constellium as Vice President and Group General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Constellium since January 2011 and previously was Vice President and General Counsel at Alcan Engineered Products. Mr. Leach joined Pechiney in 1991 from the international law firm Richards Butler (now Reed Smith).
Prior to becoming General Counsel at Alcan Engineered Products, he was the General Counsel of Alcan Packaging and has held various senior legal positions in Rio Tinto, Alcan and Pechiney. He has been admitted in a number of jurisdictions, holds a law degree from Oxford University (MA Jurisprudence) and an MBA from the London Business School.
Nicolas Brun - Vice President Communications
Mr. Brun has served as our Vice President, Communications in January 2011, and previously held the same role at Alcan Engineered Products since June 2008. From 2005 through June 2008, Mr. Brun served in the roles of Vice President, Communications for Thales Alenia Space and also as Head of Communications for Thales’ Space division.
Prior to 2005, Mr. Brun held senior global communications positions as Vice President External Communications with Alcatel, Vice President Communications Framatome ANP/AREVA, and with the Carlson Wagonlit Travel Group. Mr. Brun attended University of Paris-La Sorbonne and received a degree in economics and also has a master’s degree in corporate communications from Ecole Française des Attachés de Presse and also a certificate in marketing management for distribution networks from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce in Paris.
Yves Mérel - Vice-President EHS & Lean Transformation
Mr. Merel has served as our Vice President, EHS and Lean Transformation, since August 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Merel led several Lean Transformation programs with impressive improvement track records in the automotive and electronic industries. Mr. Merel discovered the Lean principles during his 10 years at Valeo, mostly as Plant Manager and has since implemented Lean within more than 21 countries and cultures.
From May 2008 until he joined Constellium he served as Group Lean Director and then as Vice President Industrial Development at FCI. He also extends his Lean expertise to functions out of the usual EHS, Quality, Supply Chain and Production areas, such as to Engineering, Purchasing, Human Resource, Finance and Sales. Mr. Merel holds an Engineering degree from Compiegne University of Technology and a degree from Harvard Business School’s General Management Program.
Daniel James Altmeyer - Vice President, Metal and Purchasing
Daniel James Altmeyer joined Constellium in 2011 as Vice President, Metal and Purchasing. Before working with Constellium, he held the position of Executive Vice President of Corporate Purchasing at Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. in the US and Vice President of Global Supply Management at Invensys PLC in London. Daniel’s other experiences are equally varied and international. Previously, he worked for Jason Inc. in Shanghai, and Rockwell Automation (Allen Bradley) and Emerson Electric Co in the US.
Daniel holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.