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Aluminum Association Presents Boultinghouse Award, Announces New Board Members at 2018 Annual Meeting

October 4, 2018

ARLINGTON, VA – During its 2018 annual meeting – “United States of Aluminum” – the Aluminum Association announced additions to its Board of Directors and the winner of the 2018 Marlan A. Boultinghouse Award. 

“It’s an incredibly dynamic time for the aluminum industry in the United States and around the world,” said Michelle O’Neill, Senior Vice President of Global Government Affairs & Sustainability at Alcoa and Chair of the Aluminum Association. “Demand continues to grow but trade and regulatory uncertainty are creating challenges in the market. I extend my congratulations to our Boultinghouse Award winner Ken Willings and am also thrilled to welcome these new leaders to the association’s board to help us navigate the opportunities ahead.”

Boultinghouse Award Winner
The association honored Ken Willings, Senior Vice President of Health, Safety & Environment for Aleris, as the 19th recipient of the Marlan T. Boultinghouse Award for service to the North American aluminum industry. Since joining Aleris in 2004, Willings has been an active and engaged member of the Aluminum Association. He helped to shape the association’s engagement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through both the Environmental Committee, of which he is now chair, and the Saltcake Work Group, which he helped found in 2007. As an Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASi) board member, Willings provides important perspective to the association’s sustainability technical working group as it became involved with ASi.   

The Boultinghouse Award is the highest honor given by the North American industry and recognizes those who have not only had distinguished careers within a member company, but also have provided their talents to improve the broader industry. The award is presented in memory of late ARCO Aluminum, Inc., President Marlan T. Boultinghouse. Boultinghouse brought energy and enthusiasm to the industry through his advocacy of aluminum marketing and the many technical programs he helped to advance.

New Board Members
The Aluminum Association Board of Directors is comprised of a number of top executives from a wide cross-section of the aluminum industry. The board volunteers its time to provide strategic guidance and direction to the organization: setting goals and priorities to best serve the interests of the entire industry. 

New members named to the Board of Directors Class of 2021 are: 

  • Tolga Egrilmezer, Rio Tinto
  • Charlie Murrah, Southwire
  • Wes Oberholzer, Smelter Service

The new member named to the Board of Directors Class of 2020 is:

  • John Wharton, Gresham Smith 

“It’s vital that we have an active and engaged Board of Directors to provide strategic guidance and vision for the association,” said Heidi Brock, president & CEO of the Aluminum Association. “Each of these new additions to the Board helps to strengthen that vision as we continue to advocate on behalf of the full U.S. aluminum industry value chain.” 


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