The appointment of Fabrini, currently head of Operations in Bauxite & Alumina, will be effective June 1, 2014.

"As a Brazilian native with international experience and an impressive operational track-record in several parts of the aluminium value chain, Fabrini has the right profile for the top position in Bauxite & Alumina," says Hydro President and CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg.

"Following the integration of the Brazilian assets in Hydro, we are now focusing our efforts and competence on lifting and stabilising our production of high-quality bauxite and alumina and reduce cost. Based on his previous achievements, Fabrini has a solid platform to lead this improvement drive and lift operations to the next level," Brandtzæg says.

Holding degrees in mechanical engineering, environment and global management, Fabrini has broad experience in the aluminium industry, including senior Brazilian and international management positions in bauxite mining, alumina refining and aluminium smelting.

After 36 years in Hydro, Johnny Undeli, currently executive vice president and head of Bauxite & Alumina, will take up a position as special advisor to Hydro's CEO and pursue board positions. Undeli has held several management positions in Hydro, primarily in the Extruded Products business area, which he was heading before he moved to Bauxite & Alumina following the Vale acquisition.

Fabrini will join Hydro's Corporate Management Board when he takes over as executive vice president and head of Bauxite & Alumina.