Russian steel maker NLMK Group announced the appointment of Ms Irene Spitsbergen to the newly created position of Vice President for Technology Development. Ms Irene will focus on the development and implementation of a long-term development strategy for new products and new process technologies. She will lead the Group's international team of engineers and researchers in Russia and Europe.
Ms Irene has over 20 years of experience in developing new technologies and taking them to market. Prior to joining NLMK Group, she served as CTO and Vice President R&D at AIM Aerospace, where she supervised the development of unique solutions for the production of multilayer composite aviation materials. Ms Irene held senior positions at Kennametal, a supplier of tooling and industrial materials and GE Aviation, a world leader in jet engine manufacturing. Ms Irene set up her own consulting business, recognized by expert awards. Ms Irene's experience includes the development and promotion of new technologies, successful innovation management and consulting on strategy and R&D.
Ms Irene holds a PhD in Materials Science and has co-authored over 80 patents.