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HarbisonWalker International announces New Members of Senior Leadership Team

Nov 14, 2017 / Press Releases

HarbisonWalker International (HWI) has announced two new members of its senior leadership team. Ross Wilkin has joined as chief financial officer and corporate treasurer, and Michael Werner has joined as senior vice president, Commercial and corporate officer.

“We’re very excited to welcome Ross and Mike to HWI as key members of our senior leadership team. Both possess a results-driven mindset, depth of experience and an intense desire to make positive contributions; all of which will have an immediate impact on the continuous improvement of our business,” said Carol Jackson, chairman and chief executive officer, HarbisonWalker International. “Ross and Mike’s respective expertise and proven track records in the manufacturing sector will support initiatives across the company to ultimately benefit our customers.”

Ross Wilkin
Wilkin came to HWI from Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc., where he served as chief financial officer. Before his role at Universal Stainless, he was chief financial officer at Dynamics, Inc. Much of Wilkin’s career was spent with H.J. Heinz Company, where he held various positions of increasing responsibility. After progressing in various roles in North America, he became vice president and CFO for the company’s Australia and New Zealand organization.

Wilkin began his finance career at KPMG, serving both in Toronto, Canada and in Cleveland, Ohio. A graduate of Carlton University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Finance, Wilkin is a CPA in both Canada and the USA. He currently resides in the Pittsburgh area.

Michael Werner
Most recently, Werner led global commercial operations for Loparex, the leading global manufacturer of specialty coated release films and papers serving a range of industries. Previously, Werner spent 20 years at GE Plastics and Sabic in numerous domestic and global roles, where he progressed to become Product General Manager.
He began his career at Monsanto as an engineer in Technical Development and as a manager of Business Development in the thermoplastic elastomer business. Werner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Polymer Science from the Pennsylvania State University and is a Pennsylvania native. He is relocating to the Pittsburgh area from Raleigh, North Carolina.

About HWI, A member of Calderys

HWI is the largest supplier of refractory products and services in the United States, with a history that spans more than 150 years. Acquired in February 2023 by Platinum Equity, it is now part of Calderys and is the brand for the Americas region of the Group.

HWI has manufacturing sites and strategically placed distribution centers in the Americas, as well as the largest refractory industry research facility in North America. Serving virtually every major industry that requires refractory solutions to enhance production and protect assets, HWI is consistently recognized for its talented experts, industry firsts, and intensely driven excellence.

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