SCHAUMBURG, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BRSS) (“GBC” or the “Company”) today announced that Kevin Bense will assume the role of President of A.J. Oster, effective October 1, 2013 following the retirement of Dan Becker. Mr. Becker will stay with the Company through December to assist with the transition and lead select strategic assignments.
“Kevin is an accomplished leader and has been instrumental in helping to drive our strategic execution, profitability and commercial expansion in the Somers Thin Strip division,” said John Wasz, GBC’s Chief Operating Officer. “Kevin’s industry experience coupled with his proven success and strategic perspective will enhance A.J. Oster’s ability to solidify and achieve its strategy as we move forward.”
Mr. Bense is currently the Vice President and General Manager of the Somers Thin Strip division of GBC Metals, LLC (d\b\a as Olin Brass). Mr. Bense joined GBC’s team in August 2011 and led a quick turnaround of the Somers Thin Strip division and expanded its commercial base. Over the last two years, Mr. Bense and the Somers leadership team have dramatically enhanced the business and positioned it for continued long-term success.
Prior to joining GBC, Mr. Bense served as a global business leader for Honeywell International, Inc.’s specialty additives business unit. Prior to that, Mr. Bense held a variety of managerial and leadership roles during his 18 years working within the chemicals industry.
Since joining Olin Brass in 1976, Mr. Becker progressed quickly into various leadership roles throughout his career and most recently served as President of A.J. Oster since 2004. Additional leadership roles included Director of Marketing for Olin and Director of Operations for Olin Europe, Africa and the Middle East, as well as leading the establishment of the Olin Mexico entity, the turnaround of the Olin-Aegis joint venture, and the profitability improvement of Olin Corporation’s Pool Chemical business.
“We want to thank Dan for his contributions during his tenure with the company. Throughout his career, Dan successfully managed the organization through several economic cycles and developed A.J. Oster into a separate business within GBC’s portfolio, while also helping guide the Company through sustained profitability improvements. We wish him well in his retirement,” concluded Wasz.
About Global Brass and Copper
Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc. through its wholly-owned principal operating subsidiary, Global Brass and Copper, Inc., is a leading, value-added converter, fabricator, distributor and processor of specialized copper and brass products in North America. We engage in metal melting and casting, rolling, drawing, extruding and stamping to fabricate finished and semi-finished alloy products from processed scrap, copper cathode and other refined metals. Our products include a wide range of sheet, strip, foil, rod, tube and fabricated metal component products that we sell under the Olin Brass, Chase Brass and A.J. Oster brand names. Our products are used in a variety of applications across diversified end markets, including the building and housing, munitions, automotive, transportation, coinage, electronics/electrical components, industrial machinery and equipment and general consumer end markets.
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