Smith became President and CEO of Noranda in March 2008. In addition to his time with Noranda, Kip began his career in 1977 at The Dow Chemical Company and has held various management positions including international and business leadership positions at The Dow Chemical Company.

"Kip has broad expertise concerning commodity and energy issues critical to the success of the Aluminum Association," said Heidi Brock, President of the Aluminum Association. "He will be an asset to the Association over his tenure and I look forward to working with him more in his new capacity as Vice-Chairman."

Smith currently serves on the Association's Board of Directors and Executive Committee. As Vice-Chairman, Smith will also chair the Association's Strategic Planning Committee. He lives on Lummi Island in Washington State.

Smith said: "I am honoured to be elected to the Vice-Chairmanship of the Aluminum Association. The work of the Aluminum Association is vital to the long-term success and growth of the US aluminum industry.

"I am especially excited to be joining the Association as it begins a new phase of communications on the sustainable nature of aluminum following the technical Sustainability Report released last September."