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John Thuestad

Executive Vice President of Bauxite & Alumina
Norsk Hydro

John is a true heavyweight in aluminium with over 30 years in the industry. Currently the VP for Hydro.
He previously, worked his way through the ranks from engineer to plant manager to Managing Director to seven years as CEO of Elkem Aluminium he has personal insight into all aspects of operations. In 2007 he accepted a senior management role in Alcoa and by 2009 was Group President of Alcoa’s global Primary operations. In 2012 John left Alcoa to take on his current role with Sapa where his senior management experience and operational background were needed to perform a turnaround. As President of Extrusion Europe John has both improved the financial results and led the European team through an industry-changing joint venture with Norsk Hydro. His current operational responsibilities cover 43 plants in 16 countries that are pushing approximately 1m tonnes of aluminium billet through their presses annually. John holds a MSc in Science and Technology from the university of Trondheim Norway, as well as an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburgh USA. Sapa – a new company that has joined the aluminium extrusion businesses of Sapa and Hydro – is the world leader in aluminium solutions. It has a global reach and local presence within extrusions, building systems, and precision tubing sectors, 23,000 employees in more than 40 countries, and is headquartered in Oslo, Norway.

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