Mr Vareille has been Chief Executive Officer of Constellium since March 2012.

“I am truly honoured to be the new Chairman of the European Aluminium Association. Having been closely involved in its political action for many years, I am acutely aware of its role in driving forward the EU’s industrial competitiveness and sustainability agenda. In recent ye

ars, the strength of EAA’s leadership under Roeland Baan and the dynamism of its members have brought the association to the forefront of EU policy development. In my new role, I will build on this to ensure that the aluminium industry in Europe can regain competitiveness and its status as a global leader in innovation and sustainability”, said Mr Vareille.

For his part, outgoing Chairman Roeland Baan commented, “The demand for our industry is thriving. I am certain that Pierre’s commitment and expertise will ensure aluminium’s continued success as a fundamental material for the future of Europe: smart, sustainable, and a driver of innovation in its key end-use markets.”

EAA Director-General Gerd Götz concluded “Pierre’s appointment comes at a time when we are experiencing fresh challenges, but also new opportunities. European aluminium production continues to decline despite soaring demand, although we are hopeful that EU policymakers now understand the need for long-lasting regulatory change if our industry is to survive and flourish. Building on the European Commission’s Cumulative Cost Assessment and the EAA Agenda for Action, pioneered under Roeland Baan, we look forward to Pierre’s leadership in galvanising our political activities next year.”