The Group Executive Committee ("GEC") is convened and chaired by the Chief Executive. It comprises the Chief Executive, the Chief Financial Officer and the following eight members of senior management. Biographical details of François Wanecq and Chris O'Shea are set out in the Board of Directors.
President Flow Control
Chris Abbott was appointed President Flow Control in October 2008. Having joined Vesuvius in 2000, Chris was appointed Vice President for Manufacturing, QHSE, Engineering and Purchasing in 2002. Prior to joining Vesuvius he held a number of senior Industrial and manufacturing managerial positions with Schlumberger's UK and European businesses. He completed an Engineering apprenticeship with the Wolsely Group whilst studying Mechanical Engineering and Business Studies at the Birmingham Polytechnic. Chris is based in Belgium and is a British citizen.
Patrick Bikard was appointed President Operations in January 2014 having been Vice President for Manufacturing, QHSE, Engineering & Purchasing since February 2008. Since joining Vesuvius, Patrick has led the operations functions with an emphasis on improving safety, quality and reducing inventories. Patrick worked for nine years in Renault, ending as Director Production & Supply Chain of the Douai plant. This was followed by senior operational roles at Alstom and Faurecia. He has wide experience in creating value through customer focus, lean techniques, operations, change management and continuous Improvement. He is a graduate from École Polytechnique, École des Mines de Paris and Cedep (INSEAD). Patrick is based between Belgium and the UK and is a French citizen.
President Advanced Refractories
Glenn Cowie was appointed President Advanced Refractories in May 2011. He started his career in Foseco South Africa in 1981, where he held several technical and sales positions in both the Foundry and Steel divisions, before becoming the Chief Executive Sub Saharan Africa. Glenn transferred to the UK in an international Strategic Growth Initiative role and shortly thereafter was promoted to Area Director Northern Europe, based in Borken, Germany. Following a two year period with Fosbel, he returned to Foseco in 2008 as Vice President Foundry NAFTA, and subsequently the Americas.Glenn is a Diploma engineer in Metallurgical Engineering. Glenn is based in Pittsburgh and is a South African and British citizen.
Chief Technology Officer
George was appointed Chief Technology Officer in October 2013. Prior to joining Vesuvius, George worked for Kennametal Inc for nine years, where his most recent positions were VP Innovation Ventures and VP Marketing. During his career George also worked for DuPont, in research, manufacturing technology and new business development roles. He has wide experience in R&D, managing projects and organizations with additional experience in marketing and operations. George is a member of the Product Development & Management Association and the Association for Iron & Steel Technology. George has a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut, a PhD in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. George is based in Pittsburgh and is a United States citizen.
David Hughes was appointed President Foundry in October 2011. For the prior five years David was responsible for the Foundry business in Asia Pacific. Having joined Foseco in 1981, David has held a number of technical, sales and general management roles in Asia followed by a central strategy and M&A role in the UK. After three years he moved to India as Managing Director of Foseco India, a company listed on the Mumbai Stock Exchange and in 2006 David took over the role of Foundry Vice President Asia Pacific. Dave has a Master's degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and in addition holds a Diploma in Accounting and Finance from ACCA. David is based in Shanghai and is a British citizen.
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Henry Knowles joined Vesuvius as General Counsel and Company Secretary in September 2013. Prior to joining Vesuvius, Henry spent seven years at Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC, a FTSE 250 generic pharmaceutical manufacturer with significant operations in the Middle East and North Africa, where he held the roles of General Counsel, Company Secretary and also led the compliance function. Henry trained and practised as a corporate lawyer with Ashurst in London and Tokyo. He graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge with a degree in Social and Political Science, and attended law school in London. Henry is based in London and is a British citizen.
Ryan van der Aa
Vice President Human Resources
Ryan van der Aa was appointed Vice President Human Resources in May 2013. Ryan joined Foseco in 1999 as HR Director Europe and, prior to its acquisition by Vesuvius, was HR Director of Foseco plc for two years. Before 1999, Ryan held several international HR management positions in Indigo NV, HVA International BV and Berenschot Moret Bosboom. Ryan has wide experience in international organisational development and change processes, people development processes and international compensation and benefits. Ryan has a Masters of Law Degree from the University of Tilburg, Netherlands. Ryan is based in London and is a Dutch citizen.
Roel van der Sluis
President Refractories North Asia
Roel was appointed President Refractories North Asia in April 2012. Roel joined Foseco in 1997 when they acquired SMC Foundry Products from Metallgeshellshaft AG where Roel led the Europe global foundry division. He then held the roles in M&T Northern Europe, Central Europe and the Middle East where he opened a number of new markets for Foseco before moving to China, where he was based for three years. Roel has wide experience in both the Foundry and the steel industry and is a member of the German foundry institute, VDG, and the Dutch foundry institute NVVGT. Roel has engineering degrees from the Universities of Delft and Utrecht in the Netherlands and holds an AMP from INSEAD in France. Roel is based in Suzhou and is a Dutch citizen.