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
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
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.