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Noranda plans to trim management

Jan 30, 2014 | 10:03 AM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Noranda Aluminum Holding, Wayne Hale, upstream business, flat-rolled aluminum, Layle Smith

CHICAGO — Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp. plans to “de-layer” its management structure following the resignation of the upstream segment’s president.

Wayne Hale, president of the Franklin, Tenn.-based aluminum producer’s upstream business, has tendered his resignation and will leave Noranda by Feb. 20 for a job outside of the aluminum industry, the company said in a release Jan. 29.

Hale’s position will be eliminated as the three upstream businesses—bauxite, alumina and primary—will join Noranda’s flat-rolled products segment in reporting directly to Noranda president and chief executive officer Layle K. “Kip” Smith, the company said.

The change will have no impact on operations, a Noranda spokesman told AMM by phone Jan. 30.

Smith had previously received two business direct reports, one from Hale for upstream operations and another from downstream business president Scott Croft, the Noranda spokesman said. With the reporting-structure change, Smith will now receive four business direct reports, one from Croft for downstream operations as well as one each from site manager Pansy Johnson on bauxite, site manager David Hamling on alumina, and site manager Frank Davis on primary metal, he said.

Hale had been with Noranda for more than two years, the company said. It did not reveal what job Hale was leaving for.

Noranda’s upstream business includes a bauxite mine in St. Ann, Jamaica; an alumina refinery in Gramercy, La.; and a smelter in New Madrid, Mo., according to the company’s website.

Editor's note: This story was updated Jan. 30 to clarify the changes to the management structure following Wayne Hale's departure.

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