Donald E. Larsen
President, International Titanium Association
Chairman, International Titanium Foundation
President, KineTic Engineering
Donald E. Larsen is currently
President of KineTic Engineering a consulting firm that provides
expertise across the Titanium industry. Prior to this he spent over 30
years at Howmet Aerospace/Arconic retiring in 2018 as Vice President,
R&D, General Manager Advanced Manufacturing for Arconic. In this
role, he was responsible for leading R&D and production teams
working on priority titanium technology projects, including 3D printing
and advanced manufacturing activities. He also served as a liaison to
the Arconic Technical Center (ATC) and Arconic’s Whitehall Technology
Center. Don retired in Q3 of 2018 and temporarily took on the role of
Interim Plant Manager Ti-Ingot Operation and Director of Special
joined the Howmet Aerospace in 1988 and served in a number of roles
focused on the research, development and production of titanium
products. He has also held operational and sales and marketing roles
with the company.
has a master’s degree in metallurgical engineering from The Ohio State
University, and is the holder of 11 U.S. patents. He has published more
than 30 technical articles in the field of titanium.
Michael G. Metz
VSMPO Tirus US
ITA Vice President
Michael Metz joined VSMPO - Tirus, US in November 2003 as Vice President, Commercial and was named President of the organization in 2007. VSMPO is the largest producer of titanium in the world, vertically integrated from titanium sponge manufacture through melting and mill products such as plate, sheet, bar, billet, wire, and welded and seamless tubing. In addition, VSMPO supplies titanium closed die forgings for airframe and engine applications. Mike has served on the International Titanium Association Board of Directors since 2007 holding the positions of Director, Vice President and President.
He has significant experience in the titanium industry, having had held positions in sales, distribution, product management, market research and forecasting at Titanium Metals Corporation from 1986 to 2003 before joining VSMPO. Mike graduated from Hamilton College in 1981 with a BA in economics, and from Carnegie – Mellon University in 1983 with an MBA.
Prof. Markus Holz
Professor, ITA Academic Member, ITA Secretary/Treasurer
Education Committee Co-Chair
Titanium Europe Conference Chair
Dr. Markus Holz is presently an industry consultant. Formerly President of AMG’s Engineering Systems Division and CEO of Vacuum Technologies GmbH from 2012 to 2019. He joined the ALD Management Board in October 2011. Dr. Holz graduated in Aerospace Engineering in 1986 and earned his PhD in 1992. Following his 10 years of service in the German Airforce, Dr. Holz began his career with ThyssenKrupp in 1992, where he assumed several executive positions mainly in the stainless steel and special metals branch. In 1999, Dr. Holz became Managing Director of ThyssenKrupp Titanium GmbH (formerly Deutsche Titan GmbH) and in 2002 he was appointed Managing Director of ThyssenKrupp Titanium S.p.A. (formerly Titania S.p.A.). Furthermore, he was responsible for Tubifi cio di Terni, Italien, from 2004 through 2007. From 2007 to 2009 he was CEO of the ThyssenKrupp Titanium Group (Germany and Italy). In January 2010 he joined the Managing Board of Hempel Special Metals, Oberhausen, Germany. He is Honorary Professor at University of Applied Sciences Anhalt Teaching Operations Management.
Henry S. Seiner
Vice President – Business Strategy
TIMET, Titanium Metals Corporation
ITA Past President
Mr. Seiner, TIMET’s Vice President of Business Strategy, oversees the Marketing, Product Management, Purchasing and Production Planning organizations for TIMET. In this role, he has responsibility for and visibility into all aspects of TIMET’s supply chain. Henry is based in TIMET’s Toronto, OH facility — which is geographically and structurally in the middle of TIMET’s global supply chain. He has held various positions in Production Planning, Manufacturing, Purchasing and Marketing in his 25 year tenure at TIMET.
Prior to coming to TIMET, Henry spent six years at U. S. Steel Corporation in Sales, Marketing and Production Planning. His educational background includes a Masters Degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and a Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University in Durham, NC. Henry is a native of Pittsburgh and continues to reside in Western Pennsylvania.
Neotiss High Performance Tube
Neotiss High Performance Tube (formerly Vallourec) headquartered in France, is the worldwide leader of titanium and stainless steel welded tubes for heat exchangers, with facilities and sales forces based in five countries on three continents: France, United States, China, India and Korea.
Prior to Vallourec Heat Exchanger Tubes, Albert Bruneau has held numerous senior sales & marketing management positions within Vallourec group mainly for the Oil & Gas industry, involved in Europe, South America, Africa and Middle East.
Albert Bruneau graduated from French Engineering School ESPCI and conducted one Executive MBA at the French Business School HEC.
Brian J. Malloy
Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
Carpenter Technology Corporation
Brian J. Malloy was named Vice President and Chief Commercial officer of Carpenter Technology Corporation in March 2016. Brian is responsible for overseeing all of the company’s commercial operations which account for $2.2 billion in total annual net sales. This includes marketing, sales and customer service for both the Specialty Alloys Operations (SAO) and Performance Engineered Products (PEP) business segments. Brian joined Carpenter in August 2015 as Vice President, Sales & Customer Service for the SAO segment, which accounts for nearly 80 percent of Carpenter’s total annual net sales.
President and Chief Executive Officer
T.I. (Titanium Industries, Inc.)
Brett is the President and CEO of Titanium Industries, Inc. His diverse metals background consists of engineering consulting, fabrication, manufacturing, contracting, and sales. He has held positions of VP of Sales and Marketing, Director of Operations, and COO during his career with Titanium Industries. Prior to joining Titanium Industries, Inc. in 2001, he was Director of Operations for one of the nation’s largest structural steel fabricator/erectors and Principal of an Eastern US engineering design and consulting firm. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in engineering and a master’s of science degree in structural mechanics from Lehigh University and is a licensed professional engineer in multiple states. Brett is currently serving as an Officer on the International Titanium Association’s Board of Directors. Brett enjoys many outdoor sports including skiing, swimming and running as well as leisure time boating across the East Coast of the U.S.
Frank L. Perryman
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Perryman graduated from Millikin University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. In 1988 he co-founded Perryman Company with his father and brother. Since December of 2008 he has held the position of President and CEO of Perryman Company. Perryman Company is a fully integrated supplier of specialty titanium products. From melting through finishing, Perryman produces titanium bar, coil, fine wire, net shapes, and hot rolled products for the aerospace, medical, consumer, industrial and recreation markets worldwide. Through its Forging and Fabrication Group the company also offers forging of titanium and other metals and fabrication of titanium, plastics, and other metals. Perryman Company is headquartered in Houston, Pennsylvania. Company offices are located in Philadelphia, Warsaw, IN, Los Angeles, London, Zurich, Tokyo and Xi’an.
Vice President - Commercial
ATI Specialty Materials
Martin Pike is the Vice President - Commercial for ATI Specialty Materials with responsibilities which include international product management, sales, and long-term agreements with customers. Martin joined ATI in August 2001 and held several positions with increasing responsibility including Titanium Rolled Products, Product Manager and Director of Sales. Prior to joining ATI, Martin worked in manufacturing where he held various commercial positions including Regional Vice-President of Sales. His educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Edward Sobota Jr.
Edward A. Sobota is President of TSI Titanium. TSI, located in Derry, Pennsylvania, is a leading manufacturer of titanium bar products.
Sobota began his career in titanium in 1988 as an assistant in TSI’s quality department. He spent extensive time observing hot working operations (rolling and forging) at various mills subcontracted by TSI Titanium.
Upon graduating from Pennsylvania State University, with a BS in Metals Science and Engineering in 1994, Sobota joined BethForge (Bethlehem Steel’s large forging division) as an engineer in the technology department.
In 1995 Sobota returned to TSI as a process metallurgist. He has held various responsibilities at TSI, mainly focusing on operations. The past decade has seen great expansion for TSI; installation and continual improvements to the rolling facility, extensive upgrading and expansion of the finishing facility and the recent upgrade to TSI’s 1500 ton forging press.
Sobota is currently living in Latrobe, Pennsylvania with his wife and two sons. He is an avid golfer, cyclist and enjoys coaching his children in their sports activities.
Mr. Stitzlein is President of Tricor Metals, a supplier of titanium mill products, forgings and fabrication of ASME-code equipment for the petrochemical, pharmaceutical, mining, aerospace, and biomedical markets.
Tricor is based in Wooster, Ohio, and has operations in Texas, California and Michigan. Stitzlein is a 1973 graduate of The Ohio State University. He earned an MBA at Ashland University, Ashland, OH, in 1989, and one year later purchased Tricor Industrial. The company has a headcount of more than 150 employees and stocks over 1 million pounds of inventory.
Graham P. Walker
Kymera Reading Alloys
Education Committee Co-Chair
Graham P. Walker is currently Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Kymera Reading Alloys. He is a qualified Metallurgist with a BSc from the University of Leeds (UK) and a MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College (OH).
Prior to joining Reading Alloys, he spent over twenty years in a variety of roles within the Foseco Group, specializing in product development and technical sales to the foundry and aluminum industries. His life and career include extensive foreign work and travel that provide a valuable international perspective.
Director of Procurement Operations
Bessie Williams is the Global Director of Procurement of Howmet Aerospace, a world-class producer of titanium aero ingots
and mill products and a leader in highly-engineered, multi-material
structures for aircraft. Howmet combines metallurgical expertise in
titanium and aluminum with vertically integrated manufacturing
capabilities—including forging, extruding, hot forming and machining—to
produce innovative products for the aerospace, defense and industrial
markets. Bessie joined the Company in 2005. Since 2005, Bessie
has served in a progression of leadership roles at Alcoa and RTI
International Metals, Inc, which is now Howmet Aerospace.
She led the procurement integration following two acquisitions that
included Traco and RTI International Metals, Inc. as both businesses
were acquired by Alcoa.
Bessie graduated with a
bachelor of science degree in business administration in 2005 from the
University of Arkansas. She also received an MBA from the University of
Arkansas, Walton College of Business in 2008.