Dowlais Group Plc appoints a new CEO for GKN Powder Metallurgy

Dowlais Group Plc, a specialized engineering company in the automotive sector, has appointed Jean-Marc Durbuis as the new CEO of GKN Powder Metallurgy. Jean-Marc joined the company on March 12th. This appointment follows the departure of Diego Laurent from the company after 31 years of service at GKN.

Jean-Marc brings extensive commercial, operational, and leadership experience to GKN Powder Metallurgy, positioning it for the transition to electric vehicles, a significant strategic opportunity for the business. Over the past 20 years, Jean-Marc has held several high-level executive positions in the chemical sector, leading global teams in complex and demanding businesses. He has a proven track record across all operational functions and has served on various executive committees and boards of directors.

Jean-Marc joins GKN Powder Metallurgy from Allnex, a leading global supplier of resins and additives for the coatings and inks industry. He served as Executive Vice President of one of Allnex’s global divisions, with revenues exceeding €1000 million, and was a member of Allnex’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. His achievements at Allnex include significant improvements in the financial and operational performance of his division, as well as the successful execution of major merger and acquisition projects across different geographic regions.

Liam Butterworth, CEO of Dowlais Group Plc, stated, “I want to thank Diego for his 31 years at GKN. He has accomplished a great deal during this time both at GKN Powder Metallurgy and GKN Automotive. I am particularly grateful for all he has done to maintain GKN Powder Metallurgy’s position as one of the leading global providers of powder metallurgy materials and sintered metal components.”

“Given the crucial role that GKN’s powder metallurgy plays in addressing complex challenges in the automotive and industrial markets, and the exciting opportunities ahead for the company, I am delighted to have Jean-Marc join us as the new CEO. He brings vast experience that will enable the powder metallurgy team to capitalize on the significant opportunities ahead.”

Jean-Marc commented, “I am thrilled to join GKN Powder Metallurgy as the new CEO. It is a first-class business and will play a vital role in bringing new products to market as we navigate the transition to electric vehicles. I look forward to working with the team and meeting my new colleagues from around the world.”

About GKN Powder Metallurgy

GKN Powder Metallurgy addresses complex challenges in the automotive and industrial markets with sustainable and innovative solutions through best-in-class powder metallurgy technology. The company is a world-class supplier of powder metallurgy materials, components, applications, and electrification solutions through its three business units: GKN Powders/Hoeganaes, GKN Sinter Metals, and GKN Additive. GKN Powder Metallurgy is committed to sustainable goals by providing leading powder metal expertise, innovative engineering, and extensive process knowledge to transform ideas into production. GKN Powder Metallurgy is part of Dowlais Group Plc and has over 5000 innovative thinkers across 27 locations, positioning its global engineering network at the highest level.

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