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Ferro Appoints Tom Austin Vice President of Operations

Published on 2007-05-28. Author : SpecialChem

CLEVELAND -- Ferro Corporation (NYSE:FOE) has announced that W. T. (Tom) Austin has joined the Company as Vice President, Operations.

Mr. Austin spent 30 years at The Dow Chemical Company in manufacturing and plant management roles across several of its operations. His experience at Dow spanned plant maintenance and production process improvement; Six Sigma implementation; environmental operations and safety management; research and development; and technology licensing. Mr. Austin was Global Operations Leader for Dow's chlor-alkali derivatives business when he retired in 2003. He holds a degree in chemical engineering from Mississippi State University.

At Ferro, Mr. Austin has senior management responsibility for environmental health and safety performance and security processes and systems. He will work with operating and plant management at Ferro's facilities across the world on work process enhancement and standardization to optimize manufacturing operations. Mr. Austin reports to Ferro Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer James F. Kirsch.

"Tom is a deeply experienced, hard driving manufacturing executive whose experience will help Ferro strengthen processes and systems and accelerate our success in meeting our performance targets," said Mr. Kirsch.

About Ferro Corporation

Ferro Corporation is a leading global supplier of technology-based performance materials for manufacturers. Ferro materials enhance the performance of products in a variety of end markets, including electronics, solar energy, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, building and renovation, appliances, automotive, household furnishings, and industrial products.

Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, the Company has approximately 6,700 employees globally and reported sales of $2.0 billion in 2006.

Source: Ferro Corporation

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