In this role, Stanek (pictured) will be responsible for developing Novelis’ global strategy and leading the commercial organisations for the company’ s automotive, can and speciality products. He will report directly to Phil Martens, Novelis president and chief executive officer, and serve as a member of the Novelis Global Operating Committee. He will be confirmed as an executive officer of the company at the next Novelis board of directors’ meeting.

“Novelis is approaching an inflection point in the execution of our long-term business plan,” Martens said. “Manfred brings a wealth of experience to his new role and I am confident he will lead our global strategy and commercial teams to accelerate Novelis’ growth and further develop our global business strategy.”

Stanek joined Novelis in 2012 as director, specialty products for South America, and most recently served as vice president, commercial and strategy, for the region. He joined the company from Houston-based U.S. Zinc, where he served as CEO from 2009-2012. Prior to that, he was commercial director for Votorantim Metais in São Paulo.

With this appointment, Stanek will relocate from São Paulo to Atlanta. He succeeds Brad Soultz, who elected to leave the company earlier this year to pursue a new career opportunity.