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Dawne S. Hickton
ITA President, Women in Titanium Chair
Former CEO RTI International Metals, Inc.,
and serves as Member of the Board of Directors of Norsk Titanium and Triumph Aerospace Group

Dawne S. Hickton is the former Vice Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer of RTI International Metals, Inc. (RTI), where she was employed for over 18 years.  RTI was a global supplier of advanced titanium and specialty metals products and services in commercial aerospace, defense, propulsion, medical device, energy and other markets.  Ms. Hickton served as CEO from April 2007 until July 2015, when Alcoa acquired RTI. 

Ms. Hickton serves on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

In addition, she is a member of the board of directors of Norsk Titanium AS, Oslo, Norway, a global leader in manufacturing performance critical titanium components for aerospace and industrial applications.   Dawne is a board member of Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical professional and construction services, serving on the audit committee.  She is also a member of the board of directors of Triumph Group, Inc., a global leader in manufacturing and overhauling aerospace structures, systems and components, and serves on that board’s audit and nominating and corporate governance committees.



Ms. Hickton is a member of the Board of Directors of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and a director of The Wings Club. She is a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees, serving on the student affairs and property and facilities committees, as well as chairing the School of Law’s Board of Visitors.

Henry S. Seiner
Vice President – Business Strategy
TIMET, Titanium Metals Corporation
ITA Vice President

Mr. Seiner, TIMET’s Vice President of Business Strategy, oversees the Marketing, Product Management, Purchasing and Production Planning organizations for TIMET. In this role, he has responsibility for and visibility into all aspects of TIMET’s supply chain.  Henry is based in TIMET’s Toronto, OH facility — which is geographically and structurally in the middle of TIMET’s global supply chain. He has held various positions in Production Planning, Manufacturing, Purchasing and Marketing in his 25 year tenure at TIMET.

He currently serves as Vice President of the ITA and chairman of the Aerospace Committee. This fall he will become President of the ITA and chairman of the Membership committee.

Prior to coming to TIMET, Henry spent six years at U. S. Steel Corporation in Sales, Marketing and Production Planning. His educational background includes a Masters Degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and a Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University in Durham, NC. Henry is a native of Pittsburgh and continues to reside in Western Pennsylvania. 

Brett S. Paddock

T.I. (Titanium Industries, Incorporated)
President & CEO
ITA Past President
Grant & Membership Committee Chair

Brett Paddock is the President and CEO of T.I. (Titanium Industries, Inc.), one of the largest independent providers of High Performance Metal mill products. T.I. sells a full line of titanium products into major markets from its 18 global facilities, and provides supply chain management and value added services to a diverse global customer base.

In addition to serving as the Past President of the ITA board, Mr. Paddock is currently the Chairman of the ITA's Grant and Membership Committee. His diverse metals background consists of engineering consulting, fabrication, manufacturing, contracting, sales and various management roles. Brett holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Master of Science in Structural Mechanics from Lehigh University, and is a licensed professional engineer.

 Prof. Markus Holz

  President, AMG’s Engineering Systems
  Division CEO, ALD Vacuum Technologies GmbH
  ITA Director
  Education Committee Co-Chair
  Titanium Europe Conference Chair

  Dr. Markus Holz was appointed President of AMG’s Engineering Systems Division and CEO of Vacuum Technologies GmbH as per October 2012. He joined the ALD Management Board in October 2011. Dr. Holz graduated in Aerospace Engineering in 1986 and earned his PhD in 1992. Following his 10 years of service in the German Airforce, Dr. Holz began his career with ThyssenKrupp in 1992, where he assumed several executive positions mainly in the stainless steel and special metals branch. In 1999, Dr. Holz became Managing Director of ThyssenKrupp Titanium GmbH (formerly Deutsche Titan GmbH) and in 2002 he was appointed Managing Director of ThyssenKrupp Titanium S.p.A. (formerly Titania S.p.A.). Furthermore, he was responsible for Tubifi cio di Terni, Italien, from 2004 through 2007. From 2007 to 2009 he was CEO of the ThyssenKrupp Titanium Group (Germany and Italy). In January 2010 he joined the Managing Board of Hempel Special Metals, Oberhausen, Germany.  He is Honorary Professor at University of Applied Sciences Anhalt Teaching Operations Management.

Donald E. Larsen

Vice President Technology and R&D, General Manager of Advanced Manufacturing
ALCOA Titanium & Engineered Products
ITA Secretary Treasurer

Donald E. Larsen was named Vice President R&D and General Manager Advanced Manufacturing for Alcoa Titanium and Engineered Products (ATEP) effective August 2015.  In this role, he is responsible for leading ATEP’s R&D activities, the Additive Manufacturing operation in Austin , Texas  and Powder Operations in Burlington, Massachusetts .  Don Larsen joined Alcoa in 1988 and has served in a number of roles focused on research and development of titanium products.  Don also served in operational roles as well as sales and marketing.   Most recently, Don served as Plant Manager at Alcoa’s titanium ingot operation in Whitehall, MI.  Don has a master’s degree in metallurgical engineering from The Ohio State University and is the holder of 11 U.S. patents and has published over 30 technical articles in the field of titanium.

Alcoa’s aerospace businesses, including ATEP, will be a key component of Arconic following separation from Alcoa’s traditional commodity business later this year.  Arconic is a global leader in precision engineering and advanced manufacturing.  The company offers a wide range of multi-material solutions for high growth markets including aerospace structures, jet engines, automotive, transportation, and building and construction industries. 

Wade Leach
Senior Vice President, Commercial, ATI Specialty Materials
ITA Director

Wade Leach joined ATI in August 1983 as a Product Engineer after graduating from North Carolina State University with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Engineering. In September of 1985, he joined the Sales Department as an Inside Salesperson and transitioned to Field Sales for the Southeastern United States in January of 1986.  In April of 1988, Wade moved to the Los Angeles area to become Western Regional Sales Manager.  Wade was promoted to Plant Manager of ATI’s South Boston, Virginia, facility in October 1992. In that role he oversaw a significant expansion of the plant and successfully led the effort to increase the business and product offerings of that facility.  In September 1996, he was named General Manager of Tool Steel Products.  In August 1998, he became Director of Long-Term Agreements and added the responsibilities for Product Management in August 2000.  Wade was appointed Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Product Management in February 2006.

In that role Wade’s responsibilities included the U.S.-based field and inside sales groups, product management, and long-term agreements with customers.  In October 2014, Wade was promoted to Senior Vice President – Commercial, ATI Specialty Materials.


Michael G. Metz
ITA Director

Michael Metz joined VSMPO - Tirus, US in November 2003 as Vice President, Commercial and was named President of the organization in 2007. VSMPO is the largest producer of titanium in the world, vertically integrated from titanium sponge manufacture through melting and mill products such as plate, sheet, bar, billet, wire, and welded and seamless tubing. In addition, VSMPO supplies titanium closed die forgings for airframe and engine applications. Mike has served on the International Titanium Association Board of Directors for the past 7 years, and is now the Past President of the ITA.  He has significant experience in the titanium industry, having had held positions in sales, distribution, product management, market research and forecasting at Titanium Metals Corporation from 1986 to 2003 before joining VSMPO. 
Mike graduated from Hamilton College in 1981 with a BA in economics, and from Carnegie – Mellon University in 1983 with an MBA. 

Edward J. Newman

Senior Vice President
United Alloys & Metals, Inc.
ITA Director

Edward Newman is the current Senior Vice President at United Alloys & Metals, Inc. Mr. Newman has been involved in the titanium recycling business for the past thirty-five years. He previously held various positions related to the purchasing, processing, and marketing or titanium and high temperature alloy scrap for both Keywell LLC and the former Vac Air Alloys. He has spoken at various metals conferences on subjects related to the scrap metal industry.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. 

Mr. Newman also participates on the International Titanium Association’s Board of Directors. 

Frank L. Perryman

President and Chief Executive Officer
Perryman Company
ITA Director
Applications Committee Chair
TITANIUM USA Conference Chair

Mr. Perryman graduated from Millikin University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering.  In 1988 he co-founded Perryman Company with his father and brother.  Since December of 2008 he has held the position of President and CEO of Perryman Company.  Perryman Company is a fully integrated supplier of specialty titanium products.  From melting through finishing, Perryman produces titanium bar, coil, fine wire, net shapes, and hot rolled products for the aerospace, medical, consumer, industrial and recreation markets worldwide. Through its Forging and Fabrication Group the company also offers forging of titanium and other metals and fabrication of titanium, plastics, and other metals.  Perryman Company is headquartered in Houston, Pennsylvania. Company offices are located in Philadelphia, Warsaw, IN, Los Angeles, London, Zurich, Tokyo and Xi’an. 


Edward Sobota, Jr.

TSI Titanium
ITA Director
Achievement Award Committee Chair

Edward A. Sobota is President of TSI Titanium.  TSI, located in Derry, Pennsylvania, is a leading manufacturer of titanium bar products.

Sobota began his career in titanium in 1988 as an assistant in TSI’s quality department.  He spent extensive time observing hot working operations (rolling and forging) at various mills subcontracted by TSI Titanium.

Upon graduating from Pennsylvania State University, with a BS in Metals Science and Engineering in 1994, Sobota joined BethForge (Bethlehem Steel’s large forging division) as an engineer in the technology department.

In 1995 Sobota returned to TSI as a process metallurgist.  He has held various responsibilities at TSI, mainly focusing on operations.  The past decade has seen great expansion for TSI; installation and continual improvements to the rolling facility, extensive upgrading and expansion of the finishing facility and the recent upgrade to TSI’s 1500 ton forging press.  

Sobota is currently living in Latrobe, Pennsylvania with his wife and two sons.  He is an avid golfer, cyclist and enjoys coaching his children in their sports activities.

Jerry St. Clair

President, Vulcanium Metals International, LLC & Vulcanium Metals International LTD
ITA Director
Trade Show Committee Chair

Since 1981, Jerry St. Clair has served as Materials Manager, Export Sales Manager, Vice-President of Raw Material Sales and Corporate Senior Vice-President of VMI. In 1997, he created the Vulcanium Metals business from its fabrication parent company in order to focus on global aerospace and medical market distribution segments.

In 2008 Mr. St. Clair was promoted to President, and during his tenure Mr. St. Clair has overseen the firm’s European expansion, including the opening of its subsidiary and service center in Northern Ireland. He has also led the conversion of VMI to a value-added processor and lean manufacturing based titanium service provider, and has played an instrumental role in gaining key customer approvals. In 2013 Mr. St. Clair spear-headed and led Vulcanium’s sale to O’Neal Industries, now reporting into United Performance Metals.

Additionally, Mr. St. Clair is a board of director in the International Titanium Association.


Graham P. Walker
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
AMETEK – Reading Alloys
ITA Director
Education Committee Co-Chair

Graham P. Walker is currently Vice President, Sales and Marketing at AMETEK Specialty Metal Products. He is responsible for all sales and marketing activities associated with the Business Unit. He is a qualified Metallurgist with a BSc from the University of Leeds (UK) and a MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College (OH).

Prior to joining Reading Alloys, he spent over twenty years in a variety of roles within the Foseco Group, specializing in product development and technical sales to the foundry and aluminum industries. His life and career include extensive foreign work and travel that provide a valuable international perspective.

   Taras Lyssenko
   Vice President, Business Development/Government Relations
   ADMA Products
   ITA Director

  General Manager of A and T Recovery
  General Manager at Taras, L.L.C. 

Mr. Lyssenko works in Government Relations and Business Development promoting advanced technologies within the realm of Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security. 

He is widely known for the recovery and preservation of history that had been lost under water and the advancement of scientific technologies that bring about better quality of and protect life.  The activities of Taras have led to the locating of hundreds of lost ships and World War II airplanes.  Taras personally is one of the leaders of the team that has recovered dozens of the airplanes on behalf of the National Naval Aviation Museum, which are now on display in museums across the United States,

Over the past several years, Mr. Lyssenko has worked to bring forth advanced technologies to lower the production and fabrication costs of the valued metals titanium and zirconium.  During these endeavors he has worked with The United States Senate, The United States House of Representatives, and branches of the US Department of Defense, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the US Department of Energy, and large equipment producers.  Additionally, Mr. Lyssenko has initiated, brought forth, and successfully passed through the US Congress several legislative efforts.  He successfully achieved a Presidential Determination under Defense Production Act Title, III.  Along the way Taras has been the recipient of multiple R & D 100 Awards.  Most recently his activities have focused on energy generation and water.  In particular, the coming next generation of nuclear energy. 

   Michael Stitzlein
   Tricor Metals
   ITA Director

Mr. Stitzlein is President of Tricor Metals, a supplier of titanium mill products, forgings and fabrication of ASME-code equipment for the petrochemical, pharmaceutical, mining, aerospace, and biomedical markets.

Tricor is based in Wooster, Ohio, and has operations in Texas, California and Michigan.  Stitzlein is a 1973 graduate of The Ohio State University. He earned an MBA at Ashland University, Ashland, OH, in 1989, and one year later purchased Tricor Industrial. The company has a headcount of more than 150 employees and stocks over 1 million pounds of inventory.

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