Tom Walpole has been named senior vice president, global manufacturing excellence, and president, Novelis Asia.

Currently senior vice president and president of Novelis Asia, he takes on more responsibilities to increase the speed at which the company integrates its global manufacturing operations.

He will also oversee the company's overall improvement goals for its manufacturing assets over the next three to five years.

Walpole has held a number of leadership positions with the company since 1979 and has more than 30 years of experience in the aluminium industry.

Erwin Mayr has been named senior vice president, chief strategy and commercial officer. Mayr's current role is senior vice president and chief strategy officer. In his expanded position, he will continue to improve the position of the company for profitable growth by increasing the global integration of Novelis' commercial activities and strategy development.

He will lead a global R team and global product management team which aim to grow the Novelis product portfolio with a focus on aluminium sheet and foil for high-value markets such as beverage cans, automotive applications and consumer electronics.

Andrew King has been named vice president, global can, reporting to Mayr. King is currently vice president of can products for Novelis North America. Roland Harings, also reporting to Mayr, is appointed vice president, global automotive, while continuing his regional responsibilities as general manager of automotive and specialties for Novelis Europe. The appointments for King and Harings are both newly created positions.

Derek Prichett has been named vice president, global recycling, reporting to Nick Madden, vice president and chief procurement officer. In this newly created role, Prichett will focus on accelerating Novelis' global recycling efforts driven by the company's sustainability goals as well as an increasing focus on recycling as a metal input source.

Prichett is currently vice president and general manager of speciality products for Novelis North America.