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John Thuestad

Executive Vice President Bauxite and Alumina
Norsk Hydro Brasil

Mr. Thuestad holds the position as EVP Bauxite & Alumina (B&A) in Brazil since June 2018 having led Hydro Extruded Solutions, Europe since Hydro’s acquisition of Sapa in 2017. Prior to this Thuestad held the position as EVP Sapa Extrusions Europe since 2013. From 2012 to 2013 he led Sapa Profiles with production plants in Europe, North America and China. From 2009 to 2012 he led Alcoa Global Primary Products with 40 locations in Australia, Latin America, Europe and North America. Thuestad has previously been the CEO of Elkem AS and Elkem Aluminium AS. Prior to that, Thuestad was Managing Director of Norzink AS and Fundo AS.
 
Thuestad has served as Board member/Chairman of Tyssefaldene AS 1997-2000, Board member of Borregaard AS 2005-2007, Statkraft/Groener AS 2000-2003 and as Officer of Alcoa Inc 2010 - 2011. Thuestad is member of the Executive Committee of the European Aluminium Association. He has more than 30 years of operational and leadership experience from the aluminium industry, and has worked in the entire value chain, from bauxite and alumina to extrusion, in an international capacity.
 
He holds a master’s degree in Metallurgy from NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh.

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