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Rio Tinto Alcan’s Ramanan to step down Dec. 20: AEC

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CHICAGO — Ram 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, who’s 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 Alcan’s headquarters in Montreal, where he served as technical service manager for the aluminum producer’s 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.

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