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Braidy, Veloxint announce new executive appointments

September 6, 2018

ASHLAND — Five new key executives have been hired to oversee Braidy Industries Inc. and its subsidiary, Veloxint, as the companies gear up to build a $1.6 billion aluminum mill at the EastPark Industrial Center in Ashland, company officials announced Wednesday.

Braidy Industries has appointed Julio Ramirez to the position of chief financial officer.

Ramirez brings experience as a former founder, CEO and CFO for a number of Fortune 500 companies, including The Hackett Group, Molson Coors Brewing Co., Summit Materials and The Freeman Co. Ramirez also served as an audit partner at KPMG for 15 years and was a U.S. Army captain.

At Veloxint, retired Maj. Gen. Kevin McNeely joins as chief operations officer, bringing over two decades of experience in government, personnel management and policy and process development, as well as 38 years of military service to the position. He previously served as director of manpower and personnel at the National Guard Bureau, assistant to the chairman for National Guard Matters, deputy director of strategy, policy and programming for the U.S. European Command and director of strategy, policy and international affairs at the National Guard Bureau.

Phoebe Kwan is assuming the role of chief commercial officer at Veloxint. Kwan has held executive leadership roles in product management, marketing, business development and external corporate venturing at both early-stage startups and Fortune 500 companies and holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Veloxint has also appointed Judson “Jud” Marte as vice president of product development. Formerly principal scientist and product manager for two decades at GE Global Research, Marte will oversee component design using Veloxint’s thermally stable nanostructured alloys. Marte received his master’s degree and doctorate in materials science and engineering at Virginia Tech, where he conducted research for five years.

John Gaspervich joins Veloxint as executive vice president of manufacturing. Gaspervich

brings 30 years of experience in the metal injection molding industry, in which he held executive leadership roles in manufacturing, engineering, quality and business development.

The appointments are a step of progress for Veloxint and for Braidy Industries’ $1.6 billion Braidy Atlas rolling mill project, following the official groundbreaking events in early June.

“A company is only as good as its people and its community. We are only as great as our culture. To lead the rebuild of Appalachia is a challenge and a true responsibility. We will succeed because great people want to join us and make a difference,” Craig Bouchard, CEO of Braidy Industries, said in a news release.

Braidy Industries is an advanced manufacturer of metals for the global transportation and defense industries.

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