CHICAGO Novelis Inc. has announced a host of senior executive changes in what the company says are moves to better position it for global growth.
Marco Palmieri has been named senior vice president and president of Novelis North America effective June 1, the Atlanta-based company said May 15. Palmieri has been senior vice president and vice president of Novelis South America since joining the company in 2011.
Palmieri succeeds Tom Walpole, who is retiring June 30 after 34 years with the company.
Walpole, who has been with Novelis since 1979, has also worked as plant manager of its aluminum complex in Oswego, N.Y.; vice president and general manager of its can business unit; and senior vice president and president of Novelis Asia. He also served on the board of directors of the Aluminum Association and the Can Manufacturers Institute, Novelis said.
Tadeu Nardocci has been tapped as senior vice president and president of Novelis South America effective May 20. He most recently was senior vice president and president of Novelis Europe, having joined the company in 1978 as an engineer in Brazil.
Erwin Mayr has been appointed senior vice president and president of Novelis Europe effective immediately. Mayr joined Novelis in 2002 as vice president of business planning and strategy, and most recently served as senior vice president and chief strategy and commercial officer.
Brad Soultz will immediately succeed Mayr as vice president and chief strategy and commercial officer. Soultz joined Novelis in 2005, and previously was vice president of global supply chain for the company.
Palmieri, Nardocci, Mayr and Soultz will report directly to Novelis president and chief executive officer Philip Martens, the company said.
"As our customer base becomes increasingly globally organized, having senior executives who understand our business around the world will ensure that we are providing our customers with a seamless experience, wherever they are," Martens said in a statement.
Novelis employs about 11,000 workers at its operations in 11 countries, the company said.