PARMA, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 11, 2013--
GrafTech International Ltd. (NYSE:GTI) today announced that Erick R.
Asmussen, GrafTech’s current Vice President of Strategy, Planning and
Corporate Development, has been appointed Vice President and Chief
Mr. Asmussen has over 20 years of corporate finance, treasury,
accounting, planning and analysis, tax and corporate development
experience. Since joining GrafTech in 1999 as Tax Director, he has also
served as GrafTech’s Worldwide Controller (December 1999 – August 2002)
and Treasurer and Director of Finance (September 2002 – April 2005). He
became Vice President of Strategy, Planning and Corporate Development in
Prior to joining GrafTech, Mr. Asmussen served as Director of Tax
Planning for Corning Incorporated, Tax Manager for AT&T Corporation, and
Senior Tax Consultant for Arthur Andersen LLP. He holds a Master of
Science in Taxation from State University of New York at Albany and
Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Craig Shular, Chief Executive Officer of GrafTech, commented, “Erick has
developed tremendous depth and breadth of financial and business
experience. He possesses a wealth of knowledge about GrafTech’s
operations and strategies, and we are confident that he will continue to
contribute substantially to the achievement of GrafTech’s objectives for
enhancing shareholder value.”
Mr. Asmussen succeeds Lindon Robertson who has left GrafTech to pursue
other opportunities. The company thanks Mr. Robertson for his
contributions and wishes him well in his future endeavors.
GrafTech International Ltd. is one of the world's largest
manufacturers and providers of high quality synthetic and natural
graphite and carbon based products and technical and research and
development services, with customers in 70 countries engaged in the
manufacture of steel, automotive products and electronics. We
manufacture graphite electrodes, products essential to the production of
electric arc furnace steel and petroleum needle coke, the raw material
essential to the production of graphite electrodes. We also
manufacture thermal management, fuel cell and other specialty graphite
and carbon products for, and provide services to, the electronics, power
generation, solar, oil and gas, transportation, defense, petrochemical
and other metals markets. We operate 20 manufacturing facilities
strategically located on four continents. For additional information on
GrafTech International Ltd., call 216-676-2000, or visit our website at www.graftech.com.
NOTE ON FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: This news release contains
forward-looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the
Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934) about the appointment of our Chief Financial Officer and
shareholder value. Our expectations are not predictions of actual
performance and historically our performance has deviated, often
significantly, from our expectations. Actual future events,
circumstances, performance and trends could differ materially,
positively or negatively, from those set forth in these statements due
to various factors, including: unforeseen delays, costs or liabilities
associated with our growth, integration and expansion plans, changes in
market prices of our securities, changes in business and economic
conditions and growth trends in the industry, changes in customer
markets and various geographic regions, uncertainties in the
geopolitical environment, and other risks and uncertainties, including
those detailed in our SEC filings, as well as future decisions by us.
Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and
we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any of them in
light of new information, future events or otherwise. This news release
does not constitute an offer or solicitation as to any securities.
Source: GrafTech International Ltd.
GrafTech International Ltd.
Kelly Taylor, Director, Investor