The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) elected Jeff Henderson to be its next president, effective April 1, 2016. Henderson succeeds Rand Baldwin, who announced his retirement to AEC’s board of directors during the Management Conference last September. Baldwin has been the Council’s President since 2000 and has seen the council through both challenging and exciting times.
“I couldn’t be more honored and enthusiastic about the opportunity to lead our industry as we move forward with our ambitious plans,” said Jeff Henderson, currently director of Operations for the AEC. “I want to publicly thank Rand Baldwin for his vision in constructing a fantastic transition plan that allows us to advance without interruption.”
“We are excited to have Jeff lead our Council,” said Martin Bidwell, AEC chairman. “He has been a part of the leadership team, both as a board member during his time with Sapa and in the last two years as staff. We expect the tenets of our strategic plan to carry forward as our industry continues to grow.”
Immediate past chairman Rick Merluzzi, president of Metal Exchange Corporation in St. Louis, MO, said, “On behalf of the entire council, I want to thank Rand for his years of service to the council and our industry.”
During Baldwin’s term as president he successfully led the council to a successful prosecution of its trade case against Chinese Extruders, developed a world class business excellence program, and launched the industry’s marketing and promotional program. Commenting on his time as AEC president, Baldwin said, “I want to thank the council and the board for their support during the last decade-and-a-half. It’s been an exciting time for the industry and I am pleased to see our strategic plan transform the industry in a positive way.”
Henderson was officially elected president during the AEC Annual Meeting on March 17, 2016 in San Antonio, TX.