Trio of Moves in Novelis’ Executive Team

Trio of Moves in Novelis’ Executive Team
Midtown Atlanta skyline from Clara Meer in Piedmont Park. Source: Wikimedia

Atlanta’s Novelis Inc. announced several new appointments to its executive team yesterday, naming two new vice presidents to Novelis North America and a new senior vice president to Novelis Europe. All appointments are effective as of September 1.

For the company’s European branch, Emilio Braghi was appointed Senior Vice President, Novelis Inc., and President, Novelis Europe. Braghi, a seventeen-year veteran of the firm, is replacing Erwin Mayr, who is leaving the company. Braghi began in an executive role at Novelis as the head of company business for Italy. He then moved into Novelis’ Litho and Painted Products, where he had several different executive roles. Braghi became Vice President of Operations for Asia in spring of 2012, and his role expanded to all regional commercial activities two years later. He transitioned into North American leadership last spring. Braghi will office in Zurich and report to Steve Fisher, Novelis President and CEO.

In Novelis North America, Tom Boney has been named Vice President, Operations, North America. Boney started as a Novelis plant manager a decade ago. A year later he was named President, Novelis Europe Rolling and Recycling. Boney transitioned to Vice President, Manufacturing Excellence in 2009, and was subsequently named Vice President and General Manager of the North American Can business and as Managing Director of ALCOM in Malaysia. He has been in his current position of Vice President and General Manager of Automotive for North America for the past three years. Boney will continue to work from Atlanta, and will report to Marco Palmieri, Senior Vice President, Novelis Inc. and President, Novelis North America. He replaces Braghi, who is moving to his new position as described above.

Also in Novelis North America, Ganesh Panneer has been appointed Vice President and General Manager, Automotive, North America. He has been with the firm for five years starting as Director, Corporate Strategy, in Atlanta. He then moved to Director, Sales for Novelis’ North America Automotive value stream. Then in 2013 he transitioned to Vice President and General Manager, Specialty for Novelis Europe. He returned to North America as Vice President and General Manager, Light Gauge and Specialties last year. Ganesh will also stay in Atlanta and will report to Palmieri. He replaces Boney as Boney moves as above.

“These three individuals have proven track records of both commercial and operational success and possess the unique global experiences and passion to lead our company forward,” said Steve Fisher. “Each of them has worked across multiple geographies and business segments, and exemplify our commitment to developing our talent to the highest levels.”