<strong>Heidi Brock</strong>

Heidi Brock

President & CEO

Heidi Biggs Brock joined the Aluminum Association as president in October 2011 and became CEO in October 2013. Before joining the Association, she was vice president of Federal and International Affairs leading the Washington DC office of Weyerhaeuser, a Fortune 500 company. Heidi’s positions spanning more than 18 years at Weyerhaeuser included vice-president of e-Business, director of Strategic Planning, and manager for Government Affairs, in addition to nine years as a corporate officer. Heidi currently serves as a board director with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) as well as vice chairman and board director for the NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations.

<strong>John Thomas</strong>

John Thomas


John serves as chairman of the Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG). John brings more than 20 years of engineering and commercial experience to the ATG. He began his career as a project engineer for Hi-Lex in 1992, and is currently global marketing manager, automotive, for Alcoa. John joined Alcoa in 2008 as an account manager and has been responsible for Alcoa’s global rolled products largest accounts with automakers and multi-national tier one customers. Today, he helps shape Alcoa’s product and technology innovation strategies. John holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and mathematics from Western Michigan University.

<strong>Ganesh Panneer</strong>

Ganesh Panneer

Vice Chairman

Ganesh Panneer is the vice chairman of the Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG). He leads Novelis’ North American automotive business, including sales activities, program launch and development, supply chain and logistics, service and order fulfillment, and demand forecasting. Ganesh began his career as a product manager for DaimlerChrysler. He joined Novelis as a director of corporate strategy transitioning into the North America automotive director of sales position. In 2013, he moved to Europe as vice president and general manager of specialties for the region. Ganesh holds a degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University and an MBA from University of Michigan.

<strong>Doug Richman</strong>

Doug Richman

Technical Chairman

Doug Richman is vice president of Engineering and Technology for Kaiser Aluminum. His background also includes almost 20 years of experience in development and design management at General Motors. Richman has been a long term member the Executive Committee of the ATG and is chairman of the Technical sub-committee. He also serves as co-chairman of the SAE
Light Metals committee. Richman holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the General Motors Institute and a Master of Business Administration degree in finance and operations research from the University of Detroit. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Michigan.

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