Gulf Aluminium Rolling Mill Company (GARMCO), the Bahrain-based international aluminium rolling mill and one of the largest downstream aluminium facilities in the Middle East, today announced that the Board of Directors has recently approved the appointment of a new CEO, Jean-Baptiste Lucas, who will join the Company from 15 March 2015.
Commenting Mahmood Al Soufi, Chairman of GARMCO, said, "We are delighted to announce that after an extensive search, Jean-Baptiste Lucas will join GARMCO as the Company's new CEO. He comes to us with nearly 20 years of international and regional experience in the aluminium industry including senior roles throughout Europe and his most recent position as Chief Marketing Officer at Alba in Bahrain."
Al Soufi continued: "We are confident that his global experience combined with his knowledge and understanding of Bahrain and the regional markets positions him well to lead GARMCO in this next phase of expansion. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our departing CEO Graham Bruce for his contributions over the past 18 months and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours."
Jean-Baptiste Lucas, added, "I'm extremely pleased to be joining GARMCO. Having spent my career in the global aluminium industry, I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead this world class company during what is now an exciting time of growth and expansion.
GARMCO is already a strong international player well known for the excellence of its products and service and I look forward to working with the Board, our executives and staff as well as our customers in order to further expand and deepen our reach and the delivery of high quality aluminium products around the world."
GARMCO is a global exporter of flat rolled aluminum products with a network of 16 subsidiaries and associates companies spanning the Middle East, Asia, Far East, Australia, Europe and the USA.
Today, the Group employs over 900 people worldwide, and has an annual turnover exceeding US$450 million. It was established in 1981 by the governments of Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia and its current shareholders are: Bahrain Mumtalakat, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, Industrial Bank of Kuwait, Gulf Investment Corporation, Government of the Republic of Iraq, Government of the Sultanate of Oman and Qatar Holding Company.