Press Release Summary:
Thomas Brackman, Chairman of Aluminum Association's Board of Directors, announced appointment of Jean Simon, President of Primary Metal for Rio Tinto Alcan to Chairmanship of Aluminum Association's Executive Committee. Jean Simon has been part of Rio Tinto Alcan team since 1979 holding various senior management roles. From 1994-1997, he served as Chemicals manager at Vaudreuil Works and was appointed to Central Bargaining Committee for Operational Stability in 1998.
Original Press Release:
Jean Simon of Rio Tinto Alcan Appointed Executive Committee Chairman of the Aluminum Association
Arlington, VA - Today, Chairman of the Aluminum Association's Board of Directors and President of Nichols Aluminum, Thomas Brackmann, announced the appointment of Jean Simon, President of Primary Metal for Rio Tinto Alcan to the Chairmanship of the Aluminum Association's Executive Committee.
Jean Simon has been part of the Rio Tinto Alcan team since 1979 holding various senior management roles including: President of Primary Metal North America (2006-2011), President of Primary Metal Quebec and USA (2005-2006,) President (2004-2005) and Vice-President for Operations (2002-2004) of Rio Tinto Alcan Primary Metal Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, General Manager of Vaudreuil Works (2001-2002,) General Manager of Laterrière Works (2000-2001,) and General Manager of Isle-Maligne Works (1998-2000.)
From 1994 - 1997, he served as Chemicals manager at Vaudreuil Works and was appointed to the Central Bargaining Committee for Operational Stability in 1998. He held various manager positions at Vaudreuil Works (1986-1994) and technical and management positions at the Jonquière potrooms (1979-1986.)
"Jean Simon's global perspective on the industry will be invaluable to the Association in the coming years," said Heidi Brock, President of the Aluminum Association. "As President of the Board of Directors for the Aluminum Association of Canada, his appointment creates an opportunity to expand upon the existing excellent relationship between the two North American aluminum organizations."
In addition to Jean Simon's leadership at Rio Tinto Alcan and in the aluminum industry, he is serves on several Board of Directors including: Fondation de ma vie at the Sagamie Hospital Complex, Fondation de l'Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Conseil du patronat du Québec, QG 100 Network, ABI Owners' Committee, Conseil des manufacturiers du Québec, Canadian Club of Montreal. He is also a member of the Canadian American Business Council.
Jean Simon holds a bachelor's degree in physics engineering from Laval University (1978.) He is originally from Grand-Mère and is married with three children.
The Aluminum Association, based in Arlington, Virginia, works globally to aggressively promote aluminum as the most sustainable and recyclable automotive, packaging and construction material in today's market. The Association represents U.S. and foreign-based primary producers of aluminum, aluminum recyclers and producers of fabricated products, as well as industry suppliers. Member companies operate more than 200 plants in the United States, with many conducting business worldwide.