Tinto Alcan Inc. plans to reorganize parts of its European and
American commercial business units as it aims to streamline and
adjust to a smaller footprint in both regions, AMM has
aluminum producer has separate divisions for North and South
America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); and Asia
The changes are
expected to see a merging of commercial operations in the
Americas and EMEA, sources familiar with the matter and a
company spokeswoman said.
The move will also see
some executive changes at the company.
"The biggest change is
they will have America and Europe together," the spokeswoman
said. "Some roles will have ... two poles, America and
Trépanier, for example, will be the sales director for
value-added products for America and Europe, effective Jan. 1,
the spokeswoman told said Dec. 6. Trépanier previously
served as Rio Tinto Alcans North American director of
commercial, strategy, and casthouse optimization.
VAP includes products
such as billet, foundry product, rod and sheet, but excludes
remelt, sources said .
In addition, F. James
Dickson will be in charge of automotive pricing and strategy
for America and Europe, the spokeswoman confirmed. Dickson has
been commercial director for North America.
The change comes as the company assesses promising
opportunities for aluminum in light vehicles, sources said.
Campagna will be the new sales director for North America and
will be based in Montreal.
Campagna, a director
of metal management, commercial process and business
improvement, had previously worked in rod sales in Rio Tinto
Alcans Cleveland office, AMM has been told.
Campagnas location in Montreal, Rio Tinto Alcan will keep
its offices in Cleveland, and customers will not be impacted by
the change, the spokeswoman said.
Other staff, such as
product managers for sheet or billet in either North America or
EMEA, will take on responsibility for both regions, sources
But the spokeswoman
said that Rio Tinto was still in the process of deciding on
roles for other staff and that decisions might not be made for
cautioned that the reorganization was still in its preliminary
stages, noting that it was only recently discussed during a
conference call and that Rio Tinto Alcan expects to hold a
workshop in mid-December to fine-tune the changes.
Merging European and
North American business units will eliminate "silos" and create
"synergies," market sources said.
The moves come as Rio Tinto Alcans position in both
the United States and Europe has grown smaller. The company,
for example, sold its Sebree facility to Chicago-based Century
Aluminum Co. (
amm.com, June 3) and, in Europe, sold its
facilities in France (
m, July 15).