09 April 2018

NZAS chief resigns after four years at Tiwai

New Zealand Aluminium Smelter chief executive and general manager Gretta Stephens is stepping down after four years in the job.

The announcement was made on Monday, with Stephens leaving the company to join BlueScope Steel as chief executive for New Zealand and Pacific Islands.

Stephens said while she was looking forward to her new job, she would be sad to leave the team at Tiwai.

“I can’t thank the team at NZAS enough for what they have taught me and the support they have given me.”

Stephens said she was leaving the organisation while it was in a strong position.

“When times are tough, as they recently have been, the team here hunkered down and reduced costs wherever possible and still broke hot metal production records.

“Now that the future is more assured, the team continues to strive to be the best in the business with innovation and constant productivity improvements.”

Pacific Aluminium’s chief operating officer Brian Cooper thanked Gretta for her contribution to NZAS.

“When Gretta arrived at NZAS the smelter was fighting to survive, and while it still faces very high transmission costs, it is now a smelter looking to the future.

“The continued focus on cost reduction, safety, innovation and productivity are testimony to Gretta’s determination to set NZAS on the path to a commercially successful future.

“On behalf of the teams at NZAS and Pacific Aluminium we wish Gretta and her family all the best for this new phase of their lives.”

Stephens will continue to work at NZAS until June, while the process to appoint her successor is taking place.


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