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Pierre Vareille - Chief Executive Officer and President Packaging & Automotive Rolled Products on an interim basis
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.
Ingrid Joerg - President Aerospace and Transportation business unit
Ingrid Joerg has been President of Constellium’s Aerospace and Transportation business unit since June 2015. Previously, Ms. Joerg served as Chief Executive Officer of Aleris Rolled Products Europe.
Prior to joining Aleris, Ingrid Joerg held leadership positions with Alcoa where she was President of its European and Latin American Mill Products business unit, and commercial positions with Amag Austria. Ingrid Joerg received a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Linz, Austria.
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.
Wesley (Wes) N. Oberholzer - Vice President, Packaging and Automotive Rolled Products North America
Wes is Vice President, Packaging and Automotive Rolled Products North America since February 2015. Previously, Wes was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Wise Metals Group with accountability for all aspects of Wise’s four businesses; Alloys, Recycling, TMC and Alabama Electric Motors.
Prior to this role, Wes held several positions in Alcoa over a ten year period.
Before Alcoa, Wes was the General Manager of an independent extrusion company in Franklin, NH called Aavid Precision Extrusion from 1996 to 2000. Prior to that, he held several positions with different extrusion companies and has spent his entire 23 year career in the aluminum industry.
He serves on the Board, Executive Committee and is Chairman of the Sustainability Committee for the Aluminum Association, is on the Board of SECAT and the Can Manufacturers Institute.
Wes earned his B.S. in Industrial and Business Management Systems Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1991.
Peter Basten – Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
Mr. Basten has been Vice President Strategy and Business Planning since July 2015. He was previously the Managing Director of Soft Alloys Europe at Constellium’s Automotive Structures and Industry Business Unit. Prior to this position he was Constellium’s Vice President Strategic Planning & Business Development.
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 aluminium packaging applications markets.
Prior to joining Alcan, Peter 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.
Béatrice Charon - Vice President Business Planning
Mrs Charon has served as Vice-President Business Planning since January 2011 and has held the same position at Alcan Engineered Products since 2005. Prior to joining Pechiney in 2003, she worked for the French Ministry of Defense, Korn Ferry International and Airbus group (former EADS company).
She currently chairs the French Aluminium Association. Mrs Charon is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique (Paristech) and of the ISAE (aerospace engineering).
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.
Simon Laddychuk - Vice President & Chief Technical Officer
A practiced leader with over 20 years of years experience gained in the metals industry, Simon Laddychuk is the Vice President and Chief Technical Officer for Constellium. In this role he oversees the Research and Development, Technology and group Engineering activities.
Prior to his current role he was the Vice President of Manufacturing for the Aerospace and Transportation Business Unit a global leader serving key aerospace customers with advanced aluminium solutions for current and future aircraft and other value-added market applications.
Born in South Wales, United Kingdom, Simon graduated in the UK. He holds a number of Engineering qualifications, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Materials Science and an MBA. He is a member of the Institute of Materials. He joined Constellium (ex Alcan Engineered Products) in 1991, where he has held operational and corporate management positions in different sectors in packaging and aluminium conversion in Europe and North America.
Throughout his career at Constellium, Simon has always shown his active personal involvement in health, safety and the environment, sustainability and climate issues between 2003 - 2007 personally leading the development and implementation of Alcan’s strategy for Sustainability and EHS.
Vittorio Rossetti - Chief Information Officer
Vittorio Rossetti joined Constellium in April 2012, and is the Chief Information Officer since February 2013.
Prior to that he worked 16 years for Johnson & Johnson, in Italy, the UK, Belgium and the US. He has led major transformation programmes in the Consumer, Medical Devices and Pharmaceutical sectors. He has also set up and managed global outsourcing contracts. Prior to Johnson & Johnson he worked for Pirelli, for both the Tyre and Cables businesses.
Vittorio holds a degree in Computer Science and a Master in Industrial Technologies and Business Management from the Milano Polytechnic.