Strategy and Portfolio Review Update to be Provided on February 8, 2019
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Arconic Inc. (NYSE: ARNC) announced today that its Board of Directors
has appointed John C. Plant, current Chairman of the Board, to serve as
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. The Board has also appointed Elmer
L. Doty, a current Director, to serve as Chief Operating Officer, and
Arthur D. Collins, Jr., a current Director, to serve as Lead Director.
These appointments are effective immediately.
Mr. Plant succeeds Chip Blankenship as Chief Executive Officer, and
together with Mr. Doty, Mr. Plant will oversee the company’s operations
as well as the ongoing strategy and portfolio review. It is expected
that Mr. Plant will serve in the role of Chief Executive Officer for a
period of one year. Arconic also announced that it expects to provide an
update regarding the strategy and portfolio review when it announces
fourth quarter 2018 and full year 2018 financial results on February 8,
Mr. Plant has had a distinguished career in the automotive industry and
as a public company leader who has generated significant shareholder
value. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of TRW Automotive
from 2003 to 2015, and as Chairman of its Board from 2011 to 2015. Under
his leadership, TRW employed more than 65,000 people in approximately
190 major facilities around the world, was ranked among the top 10
automotive suppliers globally and produced total shareholder returns
significantly in excess of the broader market and an index of industry
Mr. Doty has extensive knowledge of Arconic’s aerospace and defense
markets, having served from December 2012 to February 2016 as President
and Chief Executive Officer of Accudyne Industries LLC, a provider of
precision-engineered flow control systems and industrial compressors.
Mr. Doty was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Vought
Aircraft Industries, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of
aerostructures for commercial, military and business jet aircraft, from
2006 until its acquisition in 2010 by Triumph Group.
“We are very excited that John and Elmer are taking on executive roles
at the company,” commented Mr. Collins. “The Board is focused on
continuing to identify and implement operational improvements and other
potential strategic initiatives, and John and Elmer will bring extensive
management experience, intimate knowledge of our businesses and markets,
and a strong track record of driving value for shareholders as we
continue that effort,” Mr. Collins continued.
Mr. Plant said, “I am confident in Arconic’s significant potential, and
look forward to working as CEO to capitalize on the opportunities before
us and build momentum in our businesses and enhance value for our
“On behalf of the Board, we would like to thank Chip Blankenship for
stabilizing and guiding the company over the past year and positioning
the company for improved operations and significant value creation,”
said Mr. Plant.
“Arconic has a lot of strengths and a lot of opportunities, and I’m
excited to join the team as COO and get to work enhancing our operations
and charting a new strategic direction to deliver for our shareholders,”
said Mr. Doty.
In addition, Arconic today reaffirmed its previously announced full year
2018 guidance range for earnings per share excluding special items.
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