NEW YORK Stuart Horner, managing director of F.W. Hempel Metals UK Ltd., will become secretary general of the International Iron Metallics Association (IIMA) effective Jan. 1.
Horner will succeed Frank Griscom, who has served as the IIMAs secretary general since the organization was launched in January 2011. Griscom was previously executive director of the Hot Briquetted Iron Association (HBIA) from 2007 to 2010 and was closely involved in the launch of the IIMA, which was created via the merger of HBIA and the International Pig Iron Association.
"What Stuart is bringing to the job is a technical side with his metallurgical background, but also a commercial side, which will bring new dimensions to the group. Today, we have 100 members in 36 countries ... (and) the future of the association is very bright," Griscom told AMM. "Weve experienced tremendous growth since we started, and we havent seen any fall-off, since metallics are a very key element in the whole steel industry."
Horner, a metallurgical engineer, has more than 25 years experience in the international metals industry. He previously served in various management positions at Oslo, Norway-based Elkem ASA.
"My main goal is picking up the ball and carrying on running with it," Horner told AMM. "Im going to be trying to expand membership, pushing technical committees forward and raising our profile with various governmental and nongovernmental organizations."
Horner will be based in the United Kingdom. He expects to transition out of his role at Rotherham, England-based Hempel early in the new year and to occupy his new role full time in March.