GrafTech International Ltd. (NYSE:GTI) today announced that Mark R. Widmar, acting Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) and President of the Engineered Solutions segment, has decided to leave GrafTech to pursue another career opportunity.
Craig Shular, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GrafTech, said, “The Board of Directors and I appreciate the excellent contributions that Mark has made to the Company over the past five years. Mark has built a strong finance organization along with sound financial processes and controls. We wish Mark and his family the best of success at his new company.”
As previously reported, GrafTech had already begun a search for a new CFO. Mr. Shular, who was GrafTech’s CFO prior to becoming CEO, will be acting CFO in the interim.
GrafTech also announced that it has named Joel Hawthorne as President of Engineered Solutions. Mr. Hawthorne joined GrafTech as Director of Investor Relations in August 1999. In January 2001, he was appointed Director of Electrode Sales & Marketing, Americas and, in October 2005, he was appointed Director Worldwide Marketing and Americas Sales. In January 2009 he was appointed Vice President, Global Marketing & Sales for Industrial Materials and has had responsibility for all aspects of worldwide marketing and sales for the segment. Mr. Hawthorne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master of Science degree in Business Education from the University of Akron.
GrafTech International Ltd. is one of the world's largest manufacturers and providers of high quality synthetic and natural graphite and carbon based products and technical and research and development services, with customers in over 65 countries engaged in the manufacture of steel, automotive products and electronics. We manufacture graphite electrodes, products essential to the production of electric arc furnace steel as well as petroleum-based needle coke, the key raw material used in the production of graphite electrodes.
We also manufacture thermal management, fuel cell and other specialty graphite and carbon products for, and provide services to, the electronics, power generation, solar, oil and gas, transportation, petrochemical and other metals markets.
We operate 14 manufacturing facilities strategically located on four continents. For additional information on GrafTech International Ltd., call 216-676-2000, or visit our website at
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