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GrafTech Announces Changes to Executive Team

03/22/2011 8:00AMSign-up to receive press releases.

GrafTech International Ltd. announced that Mark R. Widmar, acting CFO and president of the Engineered Solutions segment, has decided to leave GrafTech to pursue another career opportunity.

Craig Shular, chairman and CEO of GrafTech, said, “The Board of Directors and I appreciate the excellent contributions that Mark has made to the company over the past five years. Mark has built a strong finance organization along with sound financial processes and controls. We wish Mark and his family the best of success at his new company.”

As previously reported, GrafTech had already begun a search for a new CFO. Shular, who was GrafTech’s CFO prior to becoming CEO, will be acting CFO in the interim.

GrafTech also announced that it has named Joel Hawthorne as president of Engineered Solutions. Hawthorne joined GrafTech as director of investor relations in August 1999. In January 2001, he was appointed director of electrode sales and marketing, Americas and, in October 2005, he was appointed director worldwide marketing and Americas sales. In January 2009, he was appointed vice president, global marketing and sales for Industrial Materials and has had responsibility for all aspects of worldwide marketing and sales for the segment.


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