Bernd Schäfer will join EIT RawMaterials as its new Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director on 1 May 2020.

EIT RawMaterials has announced that Bernd Schäfer has been appointed as a CEO and Managing Director of EIT RawMaterials Innovation Community by the Executive Board of EIT RawMaterials.

Mr Schäfer brings to the position a deep understanding of the metals and raw materials sector, resilient and inclusive leadership approach, as well as a proven track record and experience of successful strategy implementation and commercialisation.

Bernd Schäfer has extensive business experience. Prior to his recent role as CEO/Managing Director at apt Group, leading European supplier of extruded, anodised and processed aluminium products, he was the VP Commercial, Global Commercial Transportation and Industrial in Alcoa. His area of accountability included global market responsibility as well as execution of the innovation and technology roadmap in close cooperation with R&D. Mr Schäfer is Board Member with the Gesamtverband der Aluminiumindustrie (the trade association of the aluminium industry) and the Wirtschaftsvereinigung Metalle (the umbrella of metal producing companies in Germany).

Since a few months, the Executive Board carried out a rigorous selection process, assessing internal and external candidates. That process, alongside Bernd Schäfer‘s professional profile, made me confident to announce the Board’s unanimous decision to appoint Mr Schäfer as CEO of EIT RawMaterials. The priority for the Executive Board and the main purpose ahead for Bernd and the management team is to build on EIT RawMaterials position of strength while pursuing a clear vision for financial sustainability and value creation for our partners.

Kindly join me in wishing EIT RawMaterials headed by Mr Bernd Schäfer all the success in developing raw materials into a major strength for Europe!

Emmo Meijer, Chairman of the EIT RawMaterials Executive Board