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alistair field

Alistair Field, Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Alistair Field was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Company on 3 August 2017. He is a member of the Safety, Health, Environment, Community & Sustainability Committee, the Nomination/Governance Committee and the Finance & Investment Committee. Alistair joined Sims Metal Management on 1 October 2015 as the Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand Metals. He has more than 25 years of experience in the mining and manufacturing industries. He is a highly experienced executive with a proven track record of leading organisations through business transition and improvement. He has held a number of senior leadership positions, including most recently as Director of Patrick Terminals & Logistics Division for Asciano Limited, and previously as Chief Operating Officer for Rio Tinto Alcan's Bauxite and Alumina Division. He has worked internationally including living in South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Canada as well as Australia. Alistair is a Mechanical Engineer with an MBA from the Henley Management School, Brunel University.

amit patel

Amit Patel, Acting Group Chief Financial Officer

Amit Patel was appointed as Acting Group Chief Financial Officer of the Company on 3 August 2017. Amit has been the Group Chief Accounting Officer since March 2008 after the merger of Sims Group and Metal Management Inc. (MMI). He was MMI’s Vice-President and Corporate Controller from 1997 to 2008. Amit has nearly 30 years of experience in finance and accounting and began his career at Ernst & Young as a Senior Auditor. Amit is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Miami University.

bill schmiedel

Bill Schmiedel, President of Sims Group Global Trade Corporation

Mr Schmiedel is responsible for all ferrous export sales for deep sea and container exports from all Sims Metal Management entities. Additionally, Bill Schmiedel is responsible for all third party transactions for ferrous scrap, HBI, Pig Iron and semi-finished steel products traded worldwide. Bill Schmiedel was previously president of Sims Hugo Neu Global Trade and prior to this position served with similar responsibilities for Hugo Neu Corporation as Senior Vice President of Marketing. He also served as the executive Vice President of Marketing for Naparano Iron and Metal, as well as Senior Vice President of Witte-Chase Corporation. In his 37-year career in the recycling industry he has also served in various trade organizations with the most recent position being Vice President of the BIR Ferrous Board.

steve skurnac

Steve Skurnac, Group Chief Development Officer

Steve Skurnac was appointed to the newly created position of Sims Metal Management Group Chief Development Officer effective 1 July, 2017. Prior to that, Steve was President, Sims Recycling Solutions, a business at the forefront of the nation’s electronics recycling industry. He has served on the board of numerous industry associations; participated as a stakeholder in all major cooperative e-scrap policy groups, including the EPA Common Sense initiative, the National Product Stewardship Initiative (NEPSI), and UN Basel Workgroup standards development; and spoken on the topic of e-scrap recycling at conferences worldwide.

Prior to joining the Sims Group in May 2007, Steve was the President of Noranda Recycling (now Xstrata Recycling) where he had spent 24 years in various international metals and recycling capacities. He graduated from the University of Toronto with an engineering degree in mining and metallurgy.

Ken Tierney

Kenneth J. Tierney, Group Vice President SHECS

Kenneth J. Tierney joined Sims Metal Management in July 2014 as Group Vice President Safety, Health, Environmental, Community and Sustainability (SHECS). Mr. Tierney has more than 30 years of experience developing and executing global SHECS vision and strategy. Prior to joining Sims Metal Management, Ken was Vice President of Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability at Raytheon Company. Mr. Tierney is a graduate of the University of Kansas and holds an M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts.

elise gautier

Elise Gautier, Group Vice President Internal Audit

Elise Gautier joined Sims Metal Management in February 2014 as Group Vice President Internal Audit. Ms. Gautier has over 20 years of global work experience in both industry and consultative services. Prior to joining Sims Metal Management, she was a Principal with Deloitte & Touche LLP focusing on internal audit and risk management consulting services. She held various leadership positions while working in India to develop Deloitte offshore risk practice. She also served as a Controller at Strafor Facom, a French multi-national diversified manufacturing company and as an Internal Auditor at Steelcase Inc., an American multi-national office furniture manufacturing company. She is a graduate of the French Business School - Institut Européen d’études Commerciales Supérieures de Strasbourg (IECS).

Frank Moratti

Frank Moratti, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

Mr Moratti was appointed to the position of Company Secretary in 1997. Before joining the Company, he held positions of assistant company secretary/legal counsel in a number of publicly listed companies over a period of some 12 years and, prior to that, worked as a solicitor with a major legal practice.