Ramanan, director of technical services at Rio Tinto Alcan
Inc.s Cleveland offices, will retire Dec. 20.
Ramanan will continue
to consult for the company, said Aluminum Extruders Council
(AEC) chairman Rick Merluzzi, whos also president and
chief executive officer of Wellsville, Pa.-based Pennex
Aluminum Co. LCC, at an AEC conference Sept. 19 in Chicago.
Ramanan began his
career as a casting metallurgist in Kitimat, British Columbia,
and in 1986 moved to Alcans headquarters in Montreal,
where he served as technical service manager for the aluminum
producers global billet business, Merluzzi said. "So he
has been around the billet business for a long, long time."
Ramanan moved to his
current position in 1991, Merluzzi said. Over the course of his
career, Ramanan has authored industry papers, co-authored
several patents and served on committees for numerous industry
associations, including the AEC, he added.
"Ram is a technical
guru. He has a way of being able to take technical information
and make even someone like me understand it, which is a big
challenge," Merluzzi said.
Ramanan saw "his sign"
that it was time to retire during a visit to India with his
wife, who works to provide services and counseling to mentally
handicapped children and children rescued from human
trafficking, Merluzzi said. Ramanan decided that after more
than four decades of his wife supporting his work, it was time
that he supported her, the AEC chairman noted.