H.C. Starck Group expands its Executive Board

Munich. As of January 1, 2012, H.C. Starck Group Executive Board will be expanded to four members, reflecting the Group’s significantly diversified business and supporting its future profitable growth.
John van Put will be representing the Advanced Metals and Ceramic Powders (AMCP) business unit and Dmitry Shashkov will act for the Fabricated Products (FPR) business unit. Together with CEO Andreas Meier and CFO Ludger Heuberg they will form the new management team of the Company.

“During the past years, H.C. Starck has become a leading developer and manufacturer of high performance technology metal and ceramic powders and fabricated products with a strong international footprint. In addition, the Group has especially focused on technology metal recycling as a dynamically growing business field”, said Engelbert Heimes, Chairman of the Supervisory Board. “The extension of the Executive Board is thus a logical step which will support H.C. Starck in fully capitalizing on market trends and in realizing additional growth opportunities. Both new Board members not only bring with profound expertise in their working areas, but also know H.C. Starck very well through their previous positions.” 

“We are very proud that the Supervisory Board has identified and promoted two competent new Board members within the talent pool of H.C. Starck. John van Put and Dmitry Shashkov are two very experienced colleagues with a strong international background and entrepreneurial spirit”, said Andreas Meier, CEO of H.C. Starck. “Ludger Heuberg and I will look forward to continue working with them. With this new top management team H.C. Starck is very well positioned to continue our profitable growth track and to realize our ambitious targets for the coming years”.

John van Put has held several leadership positions with H.C. Starck since 2008 and currently leads the AMCP business unit. He holds a doctorate degree in Chemical Process Engineering and has studied Mining and Petroleum engineering at the Delft University of Technology (Netherlands).

Dmitry Shaskov joined H.C. Starck in 2010 and heads the FPR business unit. He holds a doctorate degree in Materials Science & Engineering from the Northwestern University of Illinois and studied physics at the Moscow Institute of Steel & Alloys.

Axel Westerhaus, who has been in the Executive Board since 2007, will be retiring from his position and leave the Company on December 31, 2011. “During his many years of work for H.C. Starck, he has significantly impacted the successful development of our company and in particular the Advanced Metals and Ceramic Powders business unit”, said Engelbert Heimes. “We thank Axel Westerhaus for his dedicated work and wish him all the best as he enters this new period of his life.”

About H.C. Starck
The H.C. Starck Group is a leading global supplier of refractory metals and technical ceramics, and serves growing industries such as the electronics, chemicals, automotive, medical technology, aerospace, energy technology, and environmental technology industries, as well as mechanical engineering and tool manufacturers. H.C. Starck has 12 state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities located in Europe, America, and Asia, and has close to 3,000 employees worldwide. Additional information about the company can be found at www.hcstarck.com

Ulrike Reich
Director Corporate Communications