Christopher L. Ayers
Christopher L. Ayers, age 50, most recently served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of WireCo WorldGroup, Inc. (“WireCo”), a leading producer of specialty steel wire ropes and high performance synthetic ropes, since July 2013. Mr. Ayers has also served as a director of Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:USAP), a producer of semi-finished and finished specialty steel including nickel alloy, aerospace grade low alloy and stainless steel, since 2009, where he also serves as a member of its Audit Committee, Nominating and Governance Committee and Compensation Committee (which he chairs).
Prior to joining WireCo, Mr. Ayers served as an Executive Vice President of Alcoa Inc. and President of its Global Primary Products Business from May 2011 to May 2013. Prior to becoming President of that business, Mr. Ayers served as Chief Operating Officer from September 2010 to May 2011. Mr. Ayers also served as the Chief Operating Officer of Alcoa Cast, Forged and Extruded Products from February 2010 to August 2010. From 1999 through 2008, Mr. Ayers served in various management roles at Precision Castparts Corp., a manufacturer of metal components and products, including as Executive Vice President from 2006 to 2008, President – PCC Forgings Division from 2006 to 2008, President – Wyman Gordon Forgings from 2004 to 2006 and Vice President/General Manager from 2003 to 2004.
Mr. Ayers earned a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of Connecticut, and from the Georgia Institute of Technology he earned both a Master’s of Science and Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering.
Elliott believes that Mr. Ayers’ extensive experience in the specialty materials industry, including his previous executive service with the Company prior to its separation into two publicly traded companies, makes him well-qualified to serve on the Board.